Refer to: ATTY. ARMANDO MARCELOl
Legal Counsel of VP Noli
AMGP Law Office
Tel: 722-7450 to 57
LEGARDA POISONING PUBLIC PERCEPTION
HER “ROAD SHOW” ELECTION PROTEST
21 July 2005
Loren Legarda knows she
will lose in her election protest, which is why she is poisoning public
perception with her wild and fabricated stories of election fraud.
This was the reaction of the lawyers of
Vice President Noli de Castro to the recent barrage of press releases
of Legarda wherein she revealed alleged fabricated election returns
supposedly showing cheating during the May 2004 elections.
Atty. Armando M. Marcelo of the Andres
Marcelo Padernal Guerrero and Paras Law Offices commented that the
election returns shown by Legarda to the media cannot be relied upon
without proper authentication. “The proper venue
for this is the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) and not press
conferences,” said Atty. Marcelo.
Atty. Marcelo also pointed out that the
public should be wary of the election returns Legarda is showing them
for it might turn out that they are not copies of the authentic
election returns. “The PET has yet to open the
ballot boxes containing the copies of the election returns transmitted
to Congress,” Atty. Marcelo explained.
As to the alleged handwriting experts to
be employed by Legarda as witnesses, Atty. Marcelo commented that
Legarda has not even identified much less given the qualifications of
these supposed handwriting experts such that their alleged expertise
has not been established. Atty. Marcelo again
pointed out that the proper venue for Legarda to bring out her alleged
expert witnesses is the PET and not the media.
“All Legarda has now are questionable
documents and illogical surmises to link the Vice President to alleged
massive cheating during the May 2004 elections. Obviously,
Legarda cannot produce any direct evidence of cheating against the Vice
President, for the Vice President was not involved in any election
irregularity,” Atty. Marcelo said.
The lawyers of the Vice President said
that all the recent press appearances of Legarda show that her election
protest was really meant as a publicity gimmick to keep her in the
public eye. The Vice President’s lawyers are
confident that a speedy resolution of Legarda’s election protest will
only fortify the Vice President’s victory during the May 2004 elections.
They said that Legarda knows this, which
is why she is trying to brainwash the minds of the public that the Vice
President cheated to win the last elections so she can cry injustice
when her election protest eventually reveals that she really lost.
“The Filipino people
deserve more credit than what Legarda gives them. What is clear is that
the Filipino people gave Vice President de Castro the mandate to lead
our country,” Atty. Marcelo pointed out.
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