Bongbong supporters hit Sereno for PET resolution delay

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Baguio City (CNN Philippines, April 18) — More than 50 supporters of former Senator Bongbong Marcos staged a silent protest against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in front of the Supreme Court in Baguio City Tuesday.

The picketers called out the chief magistrate for allegedly delaying the release of the resolution of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on Marcos' protest against the results of the May 9, 2016 vice presidential elections.

The resolution dated March 21, ordered Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo to pay P66 million and P15.4 million respectively as cash deposit for the retrieval of poll documents and paraphernalia to continue the processing of Marcos' protest.

However, Marcos' lawyers said that they received the resolution on April 10, only four days before the deadline of the first installment.

Protesters from the Cordillera region—mostly from La Trinidad and Baguio—stood in front of the Supreme Court in Baguio City, where the summer sessions are held.

They argued that the release of the PET resolution fell on a Good Friday, a holiday, giving the Marcos campo very little time to produce the amount.

"Masyadong garapal yung ginawa ng Chief Justice Sereno para hinold niya 'yung (resolution). Saka lang naglabas noong Holy Week. Kaya ito ang result niyan," Frank Esquilon, a protester, claimed.

[Translation: It was too flagrant for Chief Justice Sereno to hold the resolution. They just released it during the Holy Week, and this is is the result.]

Marcos came up with P36 million on Monday. The deadline of the second tranche is on June 14.

Robredo's camp contested the P66 million cash deposit Marcos is supposed to pay, and argued that instead he should be paying P185 million to cover all of the contested poll precincts.

The vice president still has a pending motion for reconsideration on the PET resolution.

Marcos supporters gather in Baguio