Former Senator Bongbong Marcos camp has been disturbed by their discovery that at least 20 staff of Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) employees had a vacation in a private resort in Pansol, Laguna with one of the revisors of Vice President Leni Robredo.
The information was first published by pro-Duterte blogger RJ “ThinkingPinoy” Nieto on his Facebook account.
According to his article, the evidence that would prove that the PET staff spent 22 hours with VP Robredo’s revisor was discovered from the Facebook account of PET Head Revisor Maria Katrin Rosales.
Photo shows that PET Staff is having a good time with Osmundo Abuyuan, the appointed revisor of Leni Robredo in the recount battle between the Vice President and former Senator.
Photo: Thinking Pinoy
To give more evidence, Nieto also showed the record of the resort where the PET staff and Robredo’s revisor had a vacation.
The alleged vacation happened on 22-23 June 2018.
According to Nieto, it’s illegal for the employees of PET to socialize with any party to a pending PET Case.
Meanwhile, the sister of Maria Katrin Rosales defended the PET revisor from the accusations of Nieto, saying that the latter was a loyalist of the Marcos family.
” Mali kau ng iniicp, sis ko c cheche buong pamilya nmin marcos loyalistss!!!.. Lolo ko at tito ko PSG dati ni marcos…. Wag kau gnyan mgicp…. Nde nmn dw c leni ang ngpaswimming.. Ngshare share dw cla dun..” Karla Marie Izra Zamora told Nieto.
However, Nieto insisted that what the PET staff committed was illegal.
“The Code of Conduct for Court Personnel [A.M. No. 03-06-13-SC] prohibits “any act of impropriety that immeasurably affects… the people’s confidence in [the Judiciary]”. Per Burgos v. Aquino [A.M. No. P-94-1081], this must include the behavior of court personnel as private individuals.” Nieto told the relative of PET revisor Maria Katrin Rosales.
“Assuming that what you claim is true, ignorance of the law excuses no one,” he added.
Several hours after the article was published, the camp of former Senator Bongbong Marcos filed a “Manifestation of Grave Concern with Extremely Urgent Motion to Investigate” to the Supreme Court.
According to Atty. Glenn Chong, one of the government officials who followed the PET recount said that BBM was worried that there’s already a conspiracy between the camp of VP Robredo and some PET staff that’s why they quickly urged the Supreme Court to investigate.
“Ang pakikipagbonding (fraternize) ng party revisor ni Robredo ay malinaw na IPINAGBABAWAL ng PET dahil ang gawing ito ay IPINAGBABAWAL hindi lamang ng Code of Conduct for Court Personnel pati na rin ng Canon of Judicial Ethics,” Chong while quoting what Marcos’ lawyer, Atty. Garcia said in their motion.
Ang “Pansol Outing” ay nagpapahiwatig na “na-infiltrate na at nakahingi na ng pabor sa mga tauhang ito ng PET ang kampo ni Robredo upang manipulahin, impluwensiyahan at kontrolin ang revision proceedings at maniubrahin ang resulta pabor kay Robredo,” he added.
The camp of VP Robredo is not yet giving any comment on the accusations of the Marcos camp.
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Source: Thinking Pinoy, Atty Glenn Chong