Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Improper and unethical: Marcos’ lawyer comments on PET staff outing with VP’s revisor

Marcos lawyer asks PET to defer payment of P36 million. Image credit to
With 24 Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) staff identified in the Pansol, Laguna outing with Vice President Leni Robredo’s revisor, it prompted the Marcos’ camp to immediately take action and have the Supreme Court (SC) investigate the event.

“Protestant Marcos received information that on Friday, 22 June 2018, there was an ‘outing’ at ‘3J’s Resort’ located at Lot 11, Barangay Pansol, Calamba City, Laguna which was attended by a party revisor for the protestee, Maria Leonor ‘Leni Daang Matuwid’ G. Robredo (‘Robredo’), TOGETHER with twenty-four (24) Head Revisors, Alternate Head Revisor, Appraiser, Ballot Box Custodians/Handlers and Chief Tabulator of this Honorable Tribunal,” Atty. George Erwin Garcia, counsel for Marcos, said.

In his Manifestation of Grave Concern, Marcos informed PET that 24 revisors and officers of the PET fraternized with the revisor of Robredo at a resort in Pansol in Calamba, Laguna a couple of weeks ago from June 22 to 23.

The very incident is considered “improper and unethical”, as Garcia said, because it raises doubts on the results of the vice presidential poll recount.

Under PET rules, the Revision Teams are tasked to conduct a revision of ballots under the strict supervision of the Tribunal or its duly authorized personnel/representatives, which means that they require to be trustworthy and credible individuals so that the results of the recount may be valid.

“The members of the Revision Teams shall discharge their duties with the highest degree of trust, integrity, and probity. They shall exercise extraordinary diligence and take precautionary measures to prevent the loss, disappearance or impairment of the integrity of ballots, election documents, whether electronic or printed, and other election paraphernalia,” the rules stated.

Head Revisors play a crucial role in the ongoing poll recount because they are the ones who head their respective Revision Committees and control the conduct of the judicial recounting of ballots.

“In fact, these Head Revisors and the Alternate Head Revisors are in charge of initially determining whether the ballots found inside the ballots are valid, rejected or stray. They are likewise mandated to determine if the protested ballots comply with the 50% shading threshold as originally decided by the PET,” Garcia explained.

The 24 PET personnel have been identified together with Robredos’ revisor, Osmundo “Ritchie” Abuyuan.

PET staff identified in the photos include Reycard Castro (PET Chief Tabulator), Hazel Magsipoc, Mohammad Disomangcop, Jennifer Pablo, Michaer Rebosura, Christine Enriquez, Noriesel Lalamunan, Irene Canada, Princess Bonetivo, Rosales, Hannah Pauline Medrano (all PET Head Revisors), Julius Tumalad (PET Alternate Head Revisor), Ellaine Francisco (PET Appraiser) Keno Moraleda (PET Head Ballot Custodian) as well as Martin Santos, Edwin Roque, Bryan Puntero, Elijah Mikaelson, Mel Darien Buensalido and Rogene Agudelo (all PET Ballot Box Custodians).

Information from the resort where they stayed showed that Buensalido may have been the one who paid for the whole excursion.

Garcia said the Marcos camp learned about their mini getaway through the Facebook post of PET Head Revisor Maria Katrina (Che-Che) Rosales when she posted the photos on June 24.

“Fraternizing with the party revisor for the protestee is obviously prohibited by this Honorable Tribunal since this act is proscribed not only by the Code of Conduct for Court Personnel but also by the Canon of Judicial Ethics,” Garcia said.

The recent actions between Robredo’s revisor and the PET staff implies that the other party has “infiltrated and curried favor with these PET personnel in order to manipulate, influence and control the revision proceedings and maneuver the results in her favor,” Garcia added.

Marcos is has become suspicious now over the conduct of the ballot recounts given that, as Garcia pointed out, the whole process is “presided by the very same PET personnel who appear to be in cahoots with the protestee’s camp.”

Marcos’s camp sought an immediate investigation and to impose appropriate sanctions on all those involved in the Pansol outing.
Image credit to Inquirer

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Daily Pilipinas Source: Inquirer

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