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Lawmaker requires Calida to step down after SC junks Marcos ballot protest

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(Philstar.com) – February 16, 2021 – 3:56pm

MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker is asking on Solicitor Normal Jose Calida to step down out of “delicadeza” after the Supreme Courtroom, sitting because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, junked former Senator Bongbong Marcos ballot protest towards Vice President Leni Robredo.

“This can be a large disgrace to the OSG (Workplace of the Solicitor Normal) that muddled with a non-public matter and supported Bongbong Marcos,” Rep. France Castro (ACT Lecturers party-list) stated in Filipino hours after the SC unanimously rejected Marcos’ bid to overturn the outcomes of the 2016 vice presidential elections.

Calida, who supported Marcos in the course of the 2016 elections, has taken positions that might have benefitted the previous senator throughout his ballot protest.

The federal government’s high lawyer, like Marcos, moved for the inhibition of SC Affiliate Justice Marvic Leonen from the ballot protest.

He additionally instructed the SC that it has the ability to declare a failure of elections — one thing which Marcos was pushing for in his protest.

When the SC deliberated on whether or not ovals on ballots shaded by simply 25% are legitimate, Calida stated there could be no foundation to use the 25% threshold within the recount, whereas the Fee on Elections stated in its personal remark that voting machines have been calibrated to learn as legitimate votes marks that cowl at the very least 25% of the oval.

“The PET resolution, clearly, can be a giant authorized slap on the Solicitor Normal, who even intervened within the case in help of Marcos — who’s clearly, a non-public occasion!” Home Deputy Minority Chief Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna party-list) stated.

In defending his stance on the shading of ovals, Calida stated that it’s his responsibility to current to the PET “the place he perceives to be in the very best curiosity of the Republic.”

He added that the solicitor normal can current a stance which may be completely different from the federal government company he could also be representing, which on this case is the Comelec. — Xave Gregorio with studies from Kristine Pleasure Patag

As It Occurs


LATEST UPDATE: February 16, 2021 – 4:24pm

Romulo Macalintal, the lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo, challenges defeated candidate Bongbong Marcos to signal a memorandum to show his claims of electoral fraud towards Robredo.


February 16, 2021 – 4:24pm

The camp of defeated vice presidential guess Bongbong Marcos insists that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal has but to resolve on their third reason for motion.

Marcos’ third reason for motion is the annulment of votes in Mindanao.

In accordance with Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez, the tribunal solely unanimously voted to dismiss their second reason for motion, which is the guide recount and judicial revision.


February 16, 2021 – 12:12pm

The Supreme Courtroom, sitting because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has unanimously dismissed the election protested of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos towards Vice President Leni Robredo, in line with a supply. — report from News5


November 18, 2020 – 2:05pm

Legal professionals of Vice President Leni Robredo ask the Supreme Courtroom, sitting because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to research for attainable collusion between Solicitor Normal Jose Calida, 19 assistant solicitors normal and defeated vice presidential guess Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in “besmirching the repute” of Affiliate Justice Marvic Leonen.

“Certainly, how does siding with one man serve the welfare of the folks; and, why would he take up the place of the defeated candidate whose curiosity is to name into query and successfully disenfranchise the vote of the folks of the Philippines?” Robredo’s attorneys ask the Workplace of the Solicitor Normal (OSG).

Noting “eerily related” motions for inhibition of Leonen, Robredo’s authorized group accuses the OSG of lawyering for Marcos.


September 30, 2020 – 6:56pm

The Liberal Social gathering, of which Vice President Leni Robredo is chair, says it hopes the Supreme Courtroom will lastly resolve on former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos’ election protest towards her.

“VP Robredo defeated Marcos by 263,473 votes within the 2016 vice presidential elections. This lead additional grew to 278,566 votes with an extra 15,093 votes from a recount that Mr. Marcos himself pushed for. Malinaw na panalo si VP Leni noong 2016. Malinaw na siya rin ang nagwagi sa recount. Wala nang dapat hintayin pa ang Korte Suprema. Wala nang dahilan para pahabain pa ang kasong ito,” the minority occasion says.


September 30, 2020 – 8:23am

The Supreme Courtroom, sitting because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, orders the Fee on Elections and the Workplace of the Solicitor Normal to remark inside 20 days on pending points within the electoral protest of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos towards Vice President Leni Robredo.

The Comelec was additionally directed to report back to the tribunal on the next:

  • if petitions for failure of elections have been filed within the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao
  • the corresponding resolutions to the stated petitions (if granted or denied)
  • whether or not particular eections have been held in areas declared to have had a failure of elctions within the stated provinces
  • the outcomes of the particular elections

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