By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo was able to raise P8 million in cash deposit for her counter protest against former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Robredo, accompanied by her lawyer Romulo Macalintal, showed up Tuesday (May 2) at the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to pay the amount as first installment for the electoral protest.
She met the five-day deadline imposed by the SC after her request to defer payment was denied by the High Court.
“Hindi naging madali sa atin na maglikom ng P8 million na deposit,” Robredo said as she addressed her supporters outside the SC after paying the protest fee.
“Alam po ninyo na ang laban na ito hindi lang po ito tungkol sa akin. Ang laban pong ito tungkol sa ating lahat. Tungkol po sa ating mga Pilipino na nangnanais na hintuin na ang dating kalakaran sa ating pamahalaan,” she added.
Her legal adviser, Barry Gutierrez, said in a statement that part of Robredo’s cash deposit came from her personal funds and loans from relatives of her late husband and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Gutierrez identified Vicente Hao Chin, Pablito Chua, and Rafael Bundoc as among those who lent money to the Vice President.