Macalintal to stay as Robredo lawyer despite Senate bid


Posted at Oct 10 2018 05:26 PM

FILE PHOTO: Election lawyer Atty. Romy Macalintal, May 23, 2016. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said Wednesday he would continue representing Vice President Leni Robredo in the poll protest against her, even during his looming campaign for a Senate seat in next year's elections. 

Robredo's victory in the 2016 vice-presidential race is contested by former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., who claimed that alleged irregularities led to his loss by some 263,000 votes -- the narrowest margin in recent Philippine history. 

The Vice President's camp has denied the cheating accusation. 

"Iba ang trabaho ko as an election lawyer, iba ang trabaho ko as candidate," Macalintal told reporters. 

(My job as an election lawyer is different from my job as a candidate.) 

Macalintal gave the assurance that he "will not take advantage of the situation." 

"Magsasalita lang ako kung kinakailangan (I will only speak when needed). I can assure Comelec (Commission on Elections) na I will always abide by the rules of the Comelec," he said. 

Macalintal will run under the coalition line-up of the opposition Liberal Party (LP) chaired by Robredo. 

Also in the LP slate are reelectionist Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, human rights lawyer Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno, and former Deputy House Speaker Lorenzo "Erin" Tañada III. 

All 4 LP candidates are not among the top 12 preferred senatorial bets in the Pulse Asia survey released last month. 

The filing of certificates of candidacy for May's midterm polls is scheduled from October 11 to 17. 

The campaign period for senatorial candidates and party-list groups, meanwhile, will run from February 12 to May 11, 2019. 

-- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News