Refer to: Ms. Dale
IS THE LEGITIMATE AND DULY ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT
Legarda is dreaming if she thinks she won as VP. She is an ambitious
politician and she will say anything just to be in debating distance
with the duly elected Vice President. This was the response of the
camp of Vice President Noli de Castro in relation to Legarda’s
presentation of alleged new evidence against him.
is neither factual nor legal basis for the “bogus computations”
presented to media because Loren does not have a complete set of the
original election returns in all the mentioned municipalities and
provinces. She cannot accurately come up with the total votes
received by both VP candidates and determine the difference because
her tabulation is based on incomplete data.
the national canvassing, the Statement of Votes (SOVs) per
municipality and per province were likewise examined by the parties
for tabulation and compared with the results in the Certificates of
Canvass (COCs) but no discrepancies were noted. Moreover, results in
Quezon City and Ilocos Norte were not earlier contested as part of
her election protest.
lawyer Romulo Macalintal said- “We dare her to put her allegations
and computations under oath if she believes them to be true and we
will file perjury charges against her. That is the unfair strategy
of proponents of disinformation- hit now, explain later. Her
computations are all bogus. We challenge her to submit her tenuous
election complaints to the Supreme Court, Presidential Electoral
Tribunal verified under oath on her signature if indeed she believes
in what she is claiming.” Indeed, it is the Supreme Court that is
the proper venue to ventilate legitimate legal issues and not mere
propaganda, the VP camp emphasized.
counsel Atty. Armando Marcelo of Andres Marcelo Padernal Guerrero and
Paras Law Offices added that Legarda also needs to deposit full
payment for the expenses of the recount and not just a partial
deposit, as this will delay the proceedings. Marcelo said that “Vice
President De Castro has already filed months ago a motion to expedite
the proceedings and to call for a preliminary conference preparatory
to actual counting but Legarda has not complied with the Supreme
Court’s order thus delaying the resolution of the election
the claims of improper tabulation considered, Legarda could not even
come close to one fourth of the lead of Vice President Noli de Castro
which actually is at least 880,000 votes and not just 800,000 votes
as again erroneously claimed by Legarda.
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