VP Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos
By Junex Doronio
APPARENTLY NERVOUS on the outcome if the Supreme Court — sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal — proceeds to annul the election results from the three provinces in Mindanao, Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp on Monday told former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to “stop acting like a spoiled brat” as the latter sought earlier for Associate Justice Marvic Leonen to inhibit from his electoral protest.
“We are not surprised. This is another trademark move of Mr. Marcos. If he doesn’t get what he wants, he moves to attack the integrity of an institution or a person to force them to give in to his desires,” Robredo’s lawyers said in a statement Monday afternoon.
Lawyers Beng Sardillo and Emil Marañon claimed that Marcos who lost to Robredo by some 263,000 votes, waged a “mind conditioning game again” when he filed a petition for Leonen to inhibit from his election protest.
“Stop acting like a spoiled brat who cries when he doesn’t get his candy,” they further heckled. “Pagod na kami na hanggang ngayon, pagkatapos manalo sa eleksyon at sa recount, patuloy pa rin ang panggugulo at pagsisinungaling ni G. Marcos.”
Early Monday morning, Marcos — accompanied by his lawyer Vic Rodriguez — has asked Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen to inhibit from proceedings related to his election protest against Robredo.
“If truth be told, the scathing pronouncements of Associate Justice Leonen in a number of landmark cases, his previous employment history as well as the manner in which he has handled the election protest thus far will prove that he will not be a fair and impartial ponente in the instant electoral protest,” Marcos said in his 21-page motion.
In a manifestation and motion filed Monday, Marcos moved for Leonen’s inhibition and asked the SC, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to order the re-raffle of the protest to another justice and to resolve all pending matters in the case.
Leonen, the ponente of the case since Oct. 29, 2019, is an appointee of former president Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III. He also wanted to dismiss outright the Marcos protest.
The former senator maintained that he can prove that 2,756 protested clustered precincts in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan, were questionable because of massive cheating.
Marcos claimed he would lead Robredo by more or less 45,000 votes if the results for the three provinces are annulled by the tribunal.