Robredo lawyer to surrender license if Marcos camp can prove 'electoral fraud'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 31 2017 07:17 PM

Vice-President Leni Robredo's legal counsel on Tuesday said he is willing to surrender his license to practice law if the camp of losing vice-presidential bet Ferdinand Marcos Jr. can prove its claim of electoral fraud in the secured digital cards.

Atty. Romulo Macalintal said their camp wants the nation to know which of them is saying the truth, and dared the Marcos camp to prove its claim of massive cheating in the 2016 elections.

"Sinasabi ni Marcos na 13 na secured digital cards ay naglalaman ng electoral fraud. Ang sabi namin, hindi totoo iyan, walang katotohanan 'yan. Sino ngayon ang nagsasabi ng totoo? Papano malalaman ng taongbayan kung sinong nagsasabi ng totoo?" he said.

Marcos has asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to overturn Robredo's proclamation and instead declare him the winning vice-presidential bet in the May 9 elections.

After the Commission on Elections found data in some supposedly unused vote counting machines used in the last elections, Marcos spokesperson Victor Rodriguez claimed that it strengthens their position that there was cheating in the polls.

Macalintal, however, challenged the Marcos camp to prove this claim, or otherwise ask for the nation's forgiveness.

"Ang hamon ko nga sa kanila, 'tong bagay na 'to, patunayan niyo yan, otherwise, humingi kayo ng tawad sa taumbayan," he said.

He said if the Robredo camp is found guilty of electoral fraud, he vowed to surrender his license to practice law.

"Pag napatunayan niyo naman, ako ang magre-resign bilang abogado ni Leni at magsasauli ng aking lisensya sa Korte Suprema sapagkat ang isang abogado na naninindigan sa isang bagay at hindi niya napatunayan, malaking kahihiyan sa aming propesyon," he said. - report from Johnson Manabat, DZMM