MANILA (PNA)–Former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., on Thursday filed an omnibus motion before the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to dismiss counter protest filed by Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo after she failed to pay the first installment for the election protest case.
In an eight-page Om-nibus Motion, Marcos asked the SC to dismiss the counter protest filed by Robredo for failure to pay the required cash deposit within the prescribed time limit.
“In view of the failure on the part of the protestee/counter-protestant to pay the first tranche of the cash deposit for her counter protest within the deadline set by this Honorable Tri-bunal, protestant Marcos is now constrained to move for the immediate dismissal of the counter protest,” read the omnibus motion.
George Erwin Garcia, Marcos’ legal counsel said that Robredo’s filing of a manifestation with urgent ex-parte omnibus motion does not excuse her from paying the cash deposit since the same is obviously dilatory.
“Robredo’s intention to further delay the procee-dings in this case is evident from the arguments raised in her latest submission. Protestant Marcos finds it quite ironic that Robredo would ask for the defer-ment of the payment of her cash deposit even though she had already expressed her conformity and willing-ness to pay the same in the Manifestation with urgent ex-parte omnibus motion,” Garcia added.
Marcos also reiterated his earlier request for the immediate setting of the preliminary conference.
Last March 21, the PET ordered Marcos to pay P66,223,000 for the 132,446 precincts for his election protest against Robredo to proceed.