Robredo pays P50k fine, insists on defending truth vs Marcos lies
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated that the statements they issued before the media on the electoral protest were meant only to counter the malicious and unfounded public remarks made by losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
In fact, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) referred to the public statements made by Marcos when it imposed a P50,000 penalty on both parties for discussing details of the election protest publicly.
In its resolution dated June 16, 2018, the PET took “particular note of the statements to the media regarding the condition of the ballot boxes undergoing revision (e.g., recently wet ballots, missing audit logs)” and it said that “such statement were circulated to insinuate fraud and anomalies attended the 2016 National and Local Elections, which could inevitably lead to the prejudgment of the Tribunal’s disposition of the case.”
It should be recalled that when the revision commenced on April 2, 2018, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, the spokesperson of Marcos, had an interview with CNN Philippines, Imee Marcos went to the Supreme Court and entered the revision area, and then she told the media that there were wet ballots and missing audit logs.
Robredo’s lead counsel, Romulo Macalintal, explained that they had to act in self-defense in order to dispel the malicious statements of Marcos.
But Macalintal also clarified that they already paid the P50,000 penalty. This, despite the fact that the PET did not mention the specific statements they uttered which supposedly violated the subjudice rule and led to the penalty.