OSG delaying recount: Robredo | Malaya Business Insight

Reference:
Hachero, A. (2018, July 03). OSG delaying recount: Robredo. Malaya Business Insight. Retrieved July 05, 2018 from http://malaya.com.ph/business-news/news/osg-delaying-recount-robredo

OSG delaying recount: Robredo
By ASHZEL HACHERO
July 03, 2018

THE camp of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo yesterday accused government lawyers of dilatory tactics when they filed a third motion asking the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, for another extension to comment on her appeal seeking a 25 percent shading threshold in the contested votes in the ongoing manual recount of votes in the 2016 elections.

In a June 29 motion, Robredo, through her lawyers Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, expressed her “vehement opposition” to the third motion filed by the Office of the Solicitor General, saying that the continued failure of the OSG to comment on the April 24 resolution of the Tribunal is delaying the resolution of her appeal.

“If motion for extension of time to file answer to an election protest is not allowed under the rules, except for ‘compelling reasons’ and only for a period not exceeding 10 days, there is no compelling reason why the Solicitor General and/or Comelec would be given more than 10 days to file its comment on an issue the answer to which is already available to the Comelec,” Robredo said.

“Hence, this vehement opposition to the third motion for extension of time filed by the Solicitor General since it would already total to a whopping 40 days period to file said comment and protestee’s motion that the said threshold issue be now resolved even without the said comment of the Solicitor General and or Comelec,” she added.

The OSG is representing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the case.

In its April 24 resolution, the Tribunal directed the Comelec to comment on Robredo’s appeal within 10 days from notice.

The OSG received a copy of the resolution on May 17 and on May 28 filed its first motion asking the Tribunal for 15 days to comment.

On June 11, the OSG filed another appeal, again asking for 15 days or until June 28. And on June 26, it again asked for another 15 days to file its comment.

Robredo said the OSG cited heavy workload in other cases each time it asked for additional time but she stressed that “courts shall give preference to election contests over all other cases,” except for petition for habeas corpus and for writs of habeas data and amparo.

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