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For more than 3 decades, Macalintal fought for others to win in elections. This time, he is embarking on a whole new battle – the senatorial race.
'I know the law, but I don’t know the political side of an election,' says Romulo Macalintal, as he prepares for his senatorial bid in May 2019
Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers continue to question how ex-Biliran representative Glenn Chong supposedly got audit logs from Ragay, Camarines Sur, to allege electoral fraud in 2016
Now an independent senatorial bet, veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal vows to fight for higher discounts for senior citizens
The opposition coalition, led by the Liberal Party, will field only 8 senatorial candidates
'Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?' asks Romulo Macalintal, election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, lead counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo in her election case, says he will push for the rights of senior citizens and persons with disabilities
But the camp of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos insists the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, ruled in its favor over the ballot shading threshold issue
Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo question the manner by which the ballot boxes from Guihulngan City were loaded for transport
'The law on that should be amended because it could cause a lot of confusion, and some people might take advantage of it,' says lawyer Romulo Macalintal
Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers find it 'disturbing' that former lawmaker Glenn Chong has access to audit logs from Ragay, Camarines Sur
But Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers also ask the Supreme Court which of their past statements are considered a violation of the sub judice rule
(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida's 'erroneous' support of the 50% shading threshold would 'erode the very foundation of our democracy' by disenfranchising voters
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says this is to 'avoid any further delays' in the resolution of its motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, on the ballot shading threshold
(UPDATED) The Marcos camp, meanwhile, says it will 'respect the decision of the Tribunal and will be more mindful of the sub judice rule in the future'
Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos argues that the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, is 'more superior' than the Commission on Elections
Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes
(UPDATED) Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos' lawyer says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is not accredited, but she was still 'allowed by the PET to enter' on April 2
Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal denies the allegation of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr that ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with to delay the ballot recount
The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo oozes with confidence as the ballot recount begins on April 2
(2nd UPDATE) 'This is a time of fear, fear of what is going to happen next, pero manalig tayo.... 'Wag paghinaan ng loob,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells her supporters
(UPDATED) The Supreme Court tells the Robredo and Marcos camps to observe the sub judice rule after they publicly traded barbs over supposed delays in the ballot recount
Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez maintains the Comelec did not brief candidates on the new features of the 2016 ballot. The poll body's spokesperson refutes that.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body held a VCM roadshow from 2015 to 2016 to explain the new features of the ballot, which the Marcos camp claims was never explained to them
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo maintains they have no pending motions aimed at delaying the ballot recount, but tells the Supreme Court that any such motion, if it exists, should be considered withdrawn
The scheduling of the recount comes after the bitter word war between the camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr
(UPDATED) The Vice President's lawyer Romulo Macalintal also believes Bongbong Marcos will use the electoral protest for political mileage in the 2019 polls
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal says former senator Bongbong Marcos is 'afraid to know the real truth of the results of the elections,' thus his 'highly ridiculous' fresh allegations against Vice President Leni Robredo
The PET allows former senator Bongbong Marcos to gain access to the soft copies of election data in the 3 pilot provinces where a ballot recount will be held, but the original documents will remain with the Court.
Vice President Leni Robredo wants her camp and that of her rival Bongbong Marcos to be allowed to send representatives when ballots are retrieved in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental
(UPDATED) Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo, says the SC decision will give their camp an 'additional blanket of security'
Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez says the members of the Board of Election Inspectors they included in the list submitted to the PET 'were named as witnesses – and not as registered voters'
The grant of our motion to defer payment of balance of cash deposit only affirmed what we had been saying all along that contrary to former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s claim the validity of his protest has not yet been resolved by the PET says lawyer Romulo Macalintal
Marcos motion for preliminary conference never mentioned these 13 SD cards precisely because they are not even part of his election protest says lawyer Romulo Macalintal
Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr files a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to start the preliminary conference of his protest against Vice President Leni Robredo
I believe this is the best way to put an end to this controversy and for the Filipino people to find out who is telling the truth – Marcos or Robredo – regarding the alleged data found on these 13 SD cards says the lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo
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Vice President Leni Robredo s election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the process of decrypting the SD cards is not yet complete for anyone to claim there is proof of election fraud
UPDATED Individuals and groups plan to help Vice President Leni Robredo as she faces the election protest of former senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal says former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr s election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo is the longest ever filed in the country
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Comelec Commission Christian Lim – and other officials – shouldn t be so thin skinned if the en banc doesn t follow his office s recommendations
Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec has no authority to change the law which does not prohibit the late submission of campaign spending reports but imposes penalties
The Vice President elect brushes off speculation that her party s failure to submit its SOCE on time will prevent her from assuming the second highest elective post in the land
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Lawyer George Garcia says they are still preparing the necessary election documents for the protest
On the last day of canvassing of votes Rodrigo Duterte wins as president with 16 601 997 votes while Leni Robredo tops the tight vice presidential race with 14 418 817 votes
The Marcos camp says 3 2 million votes for vice president remain ‘unaccounted for’ but the Robredo camp downplays these so called undervotes