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Former lawyer of ex-Pres. Marcos dies

Former lawyer of ex-Pres. Marcos dies.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepApr 13th, 2018

Robredo camp asks PET: Direct Marcos lawyer to name people complicit in magnifying lens incident

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to direct lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to name persons involved in the bringing in of a prohibited object inside recount area......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Robredo camp on sub judice fine: We defended ourselves vs Marcos lies

MANILA, Philippines – A day after the Supreme Court (SC) fined them for breaking the sub judice rule, the lead lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo argued that they were just defending themselves from the “lies” of the camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Veteran election ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Human Rights claimants expose ‘threats, extortion’

BACOLOD City – Victims of human rights violations under the Martial Law imposed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. thought they have achieved justice after getting remunerations from the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB). But their predicament did not end after they accused a lawyer of demanding at least 20 percent of the […] The post Human Rights claimants expose ‘threats, extortion’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

2 dead in stabbing spree

CAMP Pres. Quirino, Ilocos Sur -- Two cousins engaged in stabbing spree Saturday night were killed due to severe stab wounds in Bgy. Nagbettedan, this town. A police report said the incident occured at 10:40 p.m. in the area after Domingo Marcos Sotelo, 36, married, and Paquito Sotelo Paa, 37,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Strife remains despite joint plea on recount

By Charlie V. Manalo and Pat C. Santos A day after a joint manifestation was signed by the camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, it has become evident that Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo is not willing to withdraw her pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Marcos’ spokesman lawyer Vic Rodriguez said.Marcos personally signed the document “withdrawing all and any pending motions relative to his election protest” but it was Robredo’s counsel, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal who signed for the Vice President.Rodriguez stressed Robredo has no intention of withdrawing her pending motions because she did not sign the joint motion that her lawyer presented to media. Macalintal, however, said the Vice President is heeding the challenge “in withdrawing all motions before PET to pave the way for a ballot recount.” “We accept the challenge of Mr. Marcos and his lawyer to sign a joint motion to withdraw any and all pending motions and incidents at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal which may cause the delay of the recount of ballots from the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental,” Romulo Macalintal, Robredo lead counsel said in a statement.Rodriguez in his joint motion, however, said only the name of Robredo’s counsel, lawyer Romulo Macalintal, appeared on the document.“A joint manifestation is a major pleading and it cannot be done through counsel alone. It should also be signed by the client because it needs his or her conformity. Since Mrs. Robredo did not sign the pleading together with her lawyer, it is obvious that she has no intention to withdraw her motions,” Rodriguez said.According to Rodriguez, the absence of Robredo’s signature puts into question her sincerity to hasten the pace of the electoral ‘Robredo can disown motion’ It likewise casts doubt on the authority of Macalintal who signed the motion. Robredo could later on even disown the motion because it was made without her conformity.“Without Mrs. Robredo’s signature, the motion is a mere scrap of paper and may be later disowned by her as having been signed without her authority. It seems that she merely wants to think fraudulently,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez also questioned the joint motion prepared by Macalintal saying the same only covered pending motions and not future motions that may delay the proceedings. He said Marcos’ joint manifestation was more sincere because it covered both present and future motions in the election proceedings.“Atty. Macalintal is saying they are withdrawing but if you will read their joint motion, it only pertains to pending motions and not to future motions. In our case, it is all encompassing, from pending to future motions. Why are they backing out?” Rodriguez remarked.Rodriguez also took exception to the assertion made by Macalintal in his joint motion that Marcos has a pending “Partial Motion for Reconsideration” dated December 4, 2017 asking the PET to reconsider its earlier ruling allowing them to secure soft copies of the ballot images.Rodriguez pointed out that the said Partial Motion for Reconsideration had already been resolved by the Tribunal in its Resolution dated January 10, 2018.“It seems Atty. Macalintal has not studied the case of his client because that was resolved a long time ago. And he should know there are pending motions before the PET,” Rodriguez stated.Rodriguez also emphasized that if Macalintal was indeed serious about withdrawing all motions, he should have done it through the official route and not meet in a fast food restaurant for the signing.“Signing a major pleading in a pizza restaurant shows an utter lack of respect for the judicial process. There is a proper way to do things and this involves going to the law office of your opposing counsel and handing over the proper documents to them,” Rodriguez said.This is the reason, he pointed out, the Marcos camp went to the law office of Macalintal and his co-counsel Ma. Bernadette Sardillo located at Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City. According to Rodriguez, they went there first thing in the morning yesterday to give them the complete set of copies of the joint manifestation signed by Marcos and his counsel, George Garcia, together with the corresponding cover letter.“The challenge to meet at a fast food restaurant is unbecoming of an officer of the Court. It is unlawyerly and at most more of a publicity stunt. We hope the other camp has the decency to act accordingly,” Rodriguez said.“It appears that Atty. Macalintal wants to pull fast one on the public with his publicity stunt. As far as we are concerned, the joint motion he signed has no binding effect because it was not signed by his client. For all Macalintal’s protestations, our joint manifestation is ready for him and Mrs. Robredo to sign,” said Rodriguez. “We are still waiting.” Rodriguez said. Macalintal issues own challenge“I am inviting Mr. Marcos and his lawyer today at 9 a.m. to sign a joint motion. This is to confirm that we are not causing the delay in the recount of ballots,” Macalintal added.“It is Mr. Marcos’ raising of baseless allegations and irrelevant issues that is causing the delay in the recount,” he noted.“To remove all of these accusations flying back and forth I reiterate my challenge withdraw all your motions that could serve to delay the recount, I will withdraw all my motions that has been pending so that there will be no outstanding issues, no instances that needs to be studied by the Tribunal so that we can proceed to the opening and counting of the ballots,” Marcos said in a press conference last January 29 in Manila.“That has been my contention since May 10 of 2016 until now. It has been the same, I have been consistent, I reissue the challenge to Mrs. Robredo, withdraw all your motions, I will withdraw all of mine and let us proceed with the recount,” Marcos added.Marcos issued the challenged to stop the “delaying” issues being thrown by both camps to each other.At the same time, the vice presidential candidate in the May 2016 polls bared “solid and incontrovertible” evidence of massive fraud that transpired during the national and local elections held nearly two years ago.Marcos questioned the presence of square shapes in the ballot images instead of the oval shapes which voters shaded for their choice of candidates.“When we voted, we had the oval shapes. How come in the ballot images, the ovals are gone and instead we have the squares. What does this mean?” he said.He added, “(w)e could see based on the election results summary that the squares indicated the candidates that were voted upon. But this is a new feature that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic added in the system and I had been told they did not inform the candidates of the presence of this feature in the images.”But Robredo slammed Marcos’ claims that there were “massive frauds” that transpired in the May 2016 elections.“His remarks are laughing matters as far as I am concerned. If laughter is the best medicine, then we can consider it the best medicine for us for the day,” Macalintal said in a press conference.“The excited and hysterical claim of (Marcos) and his spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez that they allegedly uncovered solid and inconvertible evidence of massive fraud that transpired in the 2016 elections’ based on their own copies of alleged ballot images used in the said election, is highly ridiculous if not outright frivolous,” the lawyer added.Macalintal said Marcos’ claims of discrepancies in the hundreds of decrypted ballot images from Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental only showed that the latter’s protest “is facing its dismissal.”“He has no evidence at all. That is why he is now using evidence outside the election protest that he filed sa Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET),” he said.Marcos filed the protest on June 29, 2016, claiming that the camp of Robredo cheated in the automated polls in May that year.He sought the annulment of about a million votes cast in three provinces - Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao.In his protest, Marcos contested the results in a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.In his preliminary conference briefing, Marcos also sought for a recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.Robredo filed her answer in August last year and filed a counter-protest, questioning the results in more than 30,000 polling precincts in several provinces where Marcos won.She also sought the dismissal of the protest for lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET.The high tribunal, in a ruling earlier last year, junked Robredo’s plea and proceeded with the case after finding the protest sufficient in form and substance.Robredo supposedly won the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Robredo lawyer tells Marcos camp to read ground reports before claiming poll fraud

A lawyer for Vice President Leni Robredo said on Thursday that the spokesman of former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. should read reports from the ground before issuing statements alleging irregularities in the electoral protest he filed against her......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Digong probably also a poll fraud victim

THE camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday hinted that President Duterte maybe a victim of poll fraud too in the 2016 elections. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez raised this possibility as the ongoing recount of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) for the election protest between former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong”….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Marcos camp takes cudgels up for PET

THE camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday called on Vice President Leni Robredo to stop accusing the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) of systematically reducing her votes and casting aspersions meant to debase its integrity. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesman, issued this statement when sought for his comment….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Marcos camp: Robredo should stop tainting PET s integrity

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of Bongbong Marcos, in a statement, said that the vice president should stop “casting aspersions meant to debase [the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s] integrity.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Robredo camp slams Marcos attempt to influence recount

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday slammed a lawyer for losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for allegedly trying to “unduly influence” the ongoing manual recount......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Robredo camp slams Marcos attempt to influence recount

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday slammed a lawyer for losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for allegedly trying to “unduly influence” the ongoing manual recount......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Robredo lawyer denies vice president losing ballots due to shade threshold

The lead election lawyer of Leni Robredo on Tuesday denied reports that the vice president may lose a significant number of votes after the recount process in the electoral case filed against her by former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Marcos lawyer calls out Robredo camp on shaded ballots

The lawyer of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. yesterday called Vice President Leni Robredo and her lawyers “ignorant” after the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, denied Robredo’s motion to accept the 25-percent shaded ballots as valid votes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Marcos lawyer Atty. Oliver Lozano passes away at 77

Lawyer Oliver Lozano, legal counsel of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, passed away early Thursday at age 77 due to a heart attack. Source link link: Marcos lawyer Atty. Oliver Lozano passes away at 77.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Lawyer Oliver Lozano dies

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran lawyer Oliver Lozano died of a heart ailment, his relatives confirmed to media reports on Friday, April 13. Lozano’s wife, Norma Junior Lozano, said in radio interviews that the lawyer died on Thursday, April 12. He was 77. Lozano was recuperating ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Marcos lawyer Atty. Oliver Lozano passes away at 77 - GMA News

Marcos lawyer Atty. Oliver Lozano passes away at 77 - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Lawyer Oliver Lozano passes away at 77

Lawyer Oliver Lozano has passed away at the age of 77, his wife announced early Friday.   Norma Junio Lozano told DZMM in an interview that the lawyer died on Thursday. She said Lozano, a staunch Marcos loyalist, suffered a massive heart attack last March 22, but was released five days later after showing signs of recovery. "But recently he complained of chest pains so we brought him to hospital," the wife told DZMM. She said Lozano's pulse weakened and he died at dawn on Thursday.        ...Keep on reading: Lawyer Oliver Lozano passes away at 77.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Robredo lawyer: Marcos & apos;inventing evidence& apos; on poll fraud claims - GMA News

Robredo lawyer: Marcos 'inventing evidence' on poll fraud claims - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

4 head revisors back out

FOUR head revisors in the ongoing recount to settle the poll dispute between former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo stepped down a day after the camp of the former uncovered irregularities in several ballot boxes at the start of the historic proceeding last Monday.Marcos lawyer….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018