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Loading process in Guihulngan could damage ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Sep 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo question the manner by which the ballot boxes from Guihulngan City were loaded for transport

RISKING DAMAGE. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo sends pictures of how the ballot boxes in Guihulngan City were arranged for transport. Photos from Robredo's legal team

Amend law on substitution of bets, says election lawyer

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:07 PM

'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

COMELEC RULES. The Commission on Elections relaxes its rules on the substitution of bets, with election lawyers warning this might stir confusion on election day. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Robredo camp asks SC to probe poll fraud accuser Glenn Chong

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyers find it 'disturbing' that former lawmaker Glenn Chong has access to audit logs from Ragay, Camarines Sur

POLL FRAUD ACCUSER. Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong gestures during a Senate hearing on July 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marcos, Robredo camps pay P50,000 fine for sub judice

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

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

SUB JUDICE. The camps of Vice President Leni Robredo and her rival Bongbong Marcos pay for their sub judice rule violation fines. File photos by Rappler

Robredo camp to SC: Ignore Calida's opinion on ballot shading threshold

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(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

DISREGARD THE OSG. VP Leni Robredo's election lawyer Romulo Macalintal says Solicitor General Jose Calida has no personal knowledge over the ballot shading threshold issue. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo asks PET to give Comelec 5 days to comment on shading threshold

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:16 PM

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

AVOIDING DELAYS. VP Leni Robredo's legal consultant Emil Marañon III files their motion with the Supreme Court on July 11, 2018. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Robredo camp on sub judice fine: We defended ourselves vs Marcos' lies

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(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'

ON THE DEFENSE. VP Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal reacts to the SC decision to fine their camp and as well as that of ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for breaking the sub judice rule.

Marcos to SC: 'Injustice' to change ballot shading rules in VP recount

May 28, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos argues that the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, is 'more superior' than the Commission on Elections

MARCOS LOYALISTS. Ex-senator Bongbong Marcos goes to the SC on May 9, 2018 to visit his supporters there who are calling for the truth to prevail in the VP recount. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Comelec rules say audit logs should not be in ballot boxes – Robredo camp

Apr 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Countering the Marcoses, lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Comelec ordered audit logs to be delivered to election officers, not placed inside ballot boxes

BALLOT BOX ISSUES. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal responds to the statements of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos on the ballot boxes. File photos of Macalintal and Imee by Rappler, photo of Bongbong from his office

Did Imee Marcos 'gatecrash' the VP ballot recount site?

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(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

ENTRY ALLOWED? Former senator Bongbong Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, grants a media interview after visiting the ballot recount site on April 2, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo camp dismisses ballot box 'anomalies' as 'fake news'

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

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

'NO TO FAKE NEWS.' Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal holds a press conference on the VP ballot recount on April 2, 2018 in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Macalintal to surrender lawyer's license if Robredo loses VP protest

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo oozes with confidence as the ballot recount begins on April 2

CONFIDENT. Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by her lawyer Romulo Macalintal during a multi-sectoral Mass at St Scholastica's College Manila on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo on VP ballot recount: 'Have no fear, we fight for truth'

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(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

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech after attending the multi-sectoral Mass on April 2, 2018, the start of the VP protest ballot recount. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SC reminds Robredo, Marcos not to comment on VP protest

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(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

SUB JUDICE. The PET reminds the camps of both Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos to refrain from making comments on the electoral protest. Photo of Robredo from OVP, photo of Marcos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo defense of ballot images ‘insulting’ to Filipinos – Marcos camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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.

CONTESTING THE VEEP. Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr arrives at the Supreme Court in Manila on February 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcos 'ill-advised' over claims vs ballot images in VP protest – Robredo camp

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:55 PM

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

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Robredo camp formally withdraws any 'pending motions' before SC

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

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

UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo has said she wants the electoral protest resolved soon so it will be proved she had won the elections fairly. Photo by OVP

Ballot recount for Marcos-Robredo election protest set on March 19

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:25 PM

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

A MONTH TO GO. Vice President Leni Robredo and ex-senator Bongbong Marcos will have to wait for about a month before the ballot will begin. File photos by Rappler

Marcos wants to 'revise' 2016 polls' narrative, says Robredo

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The Vice President's lawyer Romulo Macalintal also believes Bongbong Marcos will use the electoral protest for political mileage in the 2019 polls

HISTORICAL REVISIONISM. Vice President Leni Robredo slams ex-senator Bongbong Marcos for claiming fresh electoral fraud allegations against her. Photo by OVP

Robredo camp doubts authenticity of Marcos' 'self-serving' ballot images

Jan 30, 2018 - 11:33 AM

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

'SELF-SERVING' MARCOS? Vice President's Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal defends his client against the new electoral fraud allegations of Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PET ruling 'confirmation of bias' vs Bongbong Marcos, says lawyer

Jan 18, 2018 - 2:31 PM

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.

MARCOS CAMP. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, counsel for former senator Bongbong Marcos, questions the latest ruling of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in Marcos' electoral protest. Rappler file photo

Robredo to SC: Allow both camps to witness ballot retrieval

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:35 PM

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

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the 100th Centennial Anniversary held at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex on December 19, 2017. Photo by OVP

SC gives Robredo access to soft copies of ballot images in electoral protest

Dec 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Romulo Macalintal, lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo, says the SC decision will give their camp an 'additional blanket of security'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the opening of the Istorya ng Pag-asa gallery at the University of Nueva Caceres, Camarines Sur on November 18. Photo by OVP

Let evidence 'speak for itself,' Marcos camp tells Robredo

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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'

BALLOT RECOUNT. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is surrounded by his supporters who are calling for the recount of votes for the position of vice president, July 11, 2017. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rapple

SC defers payment of Robredo’s P7-M balance in protest fee

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:50 PM

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

SUPPORTERS. The Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni movement at the Supreme Court on August 23, 2017 seeking a petition asking the court to allow the group to extend financial help to the Vice President. Photo from Piso Para sa Laban ni Leni

Robredo, war on drugs, Miss Universe | Evening wRap

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:38 PM

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Robredo lawyer: Marcos' claim about SD cards just a publicity stunt

Jan 30, 2017 - 2:20 PM

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

LENI'S ATTORNEY. Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal. Rappler file photo

Marcos urges SC to proceed with election protest

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:52 PM

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

ELECTION PROTEST. Former senator Bongbong Marcos files an election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Supreme Court in Manila on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte, Calida, Macalintal | Evening wRap

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:12 PM

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Macalintal dares Marcos on SD cards: Drop protest if proven wrong

Jan 19, 2017 - 1:13 PM

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

Trillanes vs Zubiri, CDO floods, peace talks | Evening wRap

Jan 17, 2017 - 9:07 PM

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Robredo election lawyer: Poll fraud proven? Marcos camp 'hallucinating'

Jan 17, 2017 - 12:34 PM

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

Pledges come in to cover Robredo's legal fees for Marcos protest

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED Individuals and groups plan to help Vice President Leni Robredo as she faces the election protest of former senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr

PISO FOR LENI. Several individuals and groups online pledged donations to help Vice President Leni Robredo with the fees she will face as the case filed by defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos progresses.

Ceasefire, election protest, Jordan | 6PM wRap

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:29 PM

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'10 days not enough to answer Marcos election protest'

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:40 PM

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

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos files an election protest against Vice President elect Leni Robredo before the Supreme Court in Manila on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Macalintal to Comelec: Don't accept Lim's resignation

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:15 AM

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

NO RESIGNATION. Romulo Macalintal says Comelec should not accept its Campaign Finance Office chief's resignation. Rappler/Comelec file photos

No reason for Comelec to reject late SOCE filing – Macalintal

Jun 16, 2016 - 1:59 PM

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

SPENDING REPORTS. The Liberal Party submits boxes of its campaign spending reports past the deadline. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Robredo: LP will submit SOCE before June 30

Jun 10, 2016 - 5:28 PM

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

VP-ELECT. Vice President-elect Leni Robredo holds a news briefing with her election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal after her proclamation on May 31, 2016. Photo form Leni Robredo's Twitter page

Marcos electoral protest, Aquino on Abaya, Clinton | 12PM wRap

Jun 08, 2016 - 1:41 PM

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Marcos camp to file electoral protest by the end of June

Jun 07, 2016 - 5:28 PM

Lawyer George Garcia says they are still preparing the necessary election documents for the protest

FIGHT CONTINUES. The camp of Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr is preparing to file an electoral protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo wins as VP on late husband's birthday

May 27, 2016 - 7:24 PM

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

LAYLAYAN. Leni Robredo joins her supporters at her send-off at Quezon City Circle on May 6, 2016. Around 9,000 supporters from various sectors and marginalized attended the event. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Undervotes 'a non-issue,' canvassing co-chair says

May 26, 2016 - 11:50 PM

The Marcos camp says 3 2 million votes for vice president remain ‘unaccounted for’ but the Robredo camp downplays these so called undervotes

CITING UNDERVOTES. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr's lawyers, Didagen Dilangalen (2nd from left) and George Garcia (4th), study an election document as Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo's lawyer, Leila de Lima, looks on. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcos leads with votes from Ilocano, vote-rich areas

May 26, 2016 - 11:37 PM

On the 2nd day of canvassing of votes for VP Ferdinand Marcos Jr edges out Leni Robredo his lead peaking at 1 9 million Robredo s votes from Camarines Sur and Mindanao help narrow Marcos lead

COMEBACK. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr regains his lead int he middle of the second day of official canvassing on Thursday, May 26. Photo by Rob Reyes / Rappler

Macalintal: Under voting doesn't mean electoral fraud

May 26, 2016 - 5:13 PM

Romulo Macalintal lawyer of vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo says under voting is common for all positions

LENI'S LAWYER. Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

CHR on Duterte, canvassing of votes, Japan heist | 6PM wRap

May 25, 2016 - 7:42 PM

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Macalintal: 'Walang forever' when it comes to canvassing of votes

May 25, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Leni Robredo’s legal team says the canvassing of votes shouldn’t take too long – assuming candidates are able to accept defeat gracefully

ROBREDO LEGAL TEAM. Romulo Macalintal and senator-elect Leila de Lima lead a team of lawyers that will represent Leni Robredo during the canvassing of votes. Photo courtesy of the Leni Robredo media bureau

Robredo vs Marcos: The long and winding road to the vice presidency

May 24, 2016 - 10:42 AM

The official canvassing of votes at Congress will provide the much awaited ending to the cliffhanger vice presidential race

Macalintal: Senators’ proclamation 'negates poll irregularities'

May 21, 2016 - 3:28 PM

What is sauce for the gander is likewise sauce for the goose argues the lead counsel of current VP race frontrunner Leni Robredo

ROBREDO LAWYER. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who represents vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, tells reporters that the call of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr for a system audit is a 'desperate move.' Screen grab from Rappler

Marcos wants Comelec to develop evidence for him – Robredo camp

May 18, 2016 - 1:03 PM

That’s a very desperate move on the part of Mr Marcos says lawyer Romulo Macalintal who represents unofficial results front runner Leni Robredo

ROBREDO LAWYER. Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, who represents vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, tells reporters that the call of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr for a system audit is a 'desperate move.' Screen grab from Rappler

Poll lawyers Macalintal, Brillantes: from GMA-FPJ to Leni-Bongbong

May 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Prior to lawyering for VP contenders Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos the two had already crossed paths