Ms. Ronadale Zapata
LOREN CONTRADICTING HERSELF
— DE CASTRO LAWYER
15 December 2005
DEFEATED vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda Leviste is very
confused, according to the election lawyer of Vice-President Noli
‘Kabayan’ De Castro.
Atty. Romulo Macalintal said this was shown by her contradicting
positions in connection with the 2004 vice-presidential poll recount.
Macalintal said he couldn’t understand why Legarda is questioning the
Congressional copies of the election returns. “If the camp of
Legarda did not insist that the ERs in the custody of Congress be
tabulated, the Comelec returns would have been used instead,”
Earlier, Legarda requested the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to open
the ballot boxes from Congress, as she did not trust the Comelec
The recount of Congress-copy ERs started early this week where the lead
of De Castro over Legarda widened.
Macalintal pointed out that Legarda’s contradicting claims are borne by
the fact that she knew that De Castro did not cheat and that he is the
real winner. “Ngayong
nakikita niyang maaga na mas marami talaga ang nakuhang boto ni De
Castro ay sinasabi niya na naman na tampered ang mga election returns
sa Kongreso. Does this mean that she has changed her mind and now
trusts the election returns from Comelec?”
Atty. Armando Marcelo, lawyer of De Castro, of Andres Marcelo
Padernal Guerrero Paras law offices, said that it would be better for
Legarda to wait for the final decision of the PET with regard to her
“We believe in the authority and ability of PET to deal and resolve the
issues at hand. It would be better if we
would let the process take its course, and just allow the Vice
President to dutifully perform his tasks and functions.
Ref. VPMEDIA 05-196
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