The De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras slams Robredo's lead counsel again over his statement for Senator Bongbong Marcos. Atty. Macalintal stated that the senator must accept a cabinet post after one year, that it will be bad for his impending electora protest against Leni Robredo, prof said.

DLSU prof slams Atty. Macalintal again over his statement for Bongbong Marcos

Poll lawyer Macalintal said in a statement, "The 'one-year ban' applies only to election losers. Thus, for Marcos to wait for it is an acknowledgment of having lost in the 2016 election for vice president"

But according to DLSU professor, 'the good lawyer is wrong again!'

The DLSU prof recently slams Atty. Romulo Macalintal over his statement that Robredo can still assume the office of the Vice President even there's an issue against the LP’s late filing of its expenditure report or 'SOCE.'

Prof. said, "The seasoned election lawyer is reported to have stated that should Bongbong Marcos accept a cabinet post after one year, that it will be bad for his impending electora protest against Leni Robredo."

He divided the statement of Atty. Macalintal in to two reasons for him to explain.

"1. Accepting a cabinet post after one year is an admission that Marcos lost, since the one-year ban is only for losing candidates. 2. A cabinet post would render as null any protest and could be taken as a waiver," Contreras said.

DLSU professor boldly said, "With all due respect, I think the good lawyer is again wrong on both grounds,"

"On point 1. While the 14 million who voted for Marcos certainly believe that he won, unfortunately under the law Mrs. Robredo has already been proclaimed. Hence, since we are a government of laws, Marcos and President Duterte will have to abide by the one-year prohibition against appointing candidates who lost, but without prejudice to such candidate accepting a post in the cabinet more so that a successful electoral protest would lead to an elected office that is not constitutionally barred from holding a cabinet position. Marcos ran for Vice President and if his protest is successful he will occupy that post. Under the 1987 Constitution, a Vice President may be appointed to the Cabinet."

"On point 2. It is also for the above reason that the argument that taking a cabinet position will moot an existing protest may not necessarily hold when the post being contested is that of the Vice President. Senator Legarda's protest against then VP De Castro was deemed mooted because she ran for the Senate and one could not be both a Senator and a Vice President at the same time. The same logic applied when Senator Santiago's prorest against President Ramos was mooted when she ran for the Senate."

He also mentioned to remind Atty. Macalintal about the protest of Mar Roxas against Vice president Binay.

He said, "And to remind Atty. Macalintal, the protest by Mar Roxas against VP Binay was not mooted when the former was appointed by President Aquino to his cabinet. Until befote filing his certificate of candidacy for President, the election protest was still a live case with the PET."

(Read Here: DLSU prof slams Robredo's lawyer over 'LP's late filing of SOCE')

(Read Here: Leni Robredo's lawyer to Saycon's 'witnesses': 'Huwag po kayo maniniwala sa sinasabing ganyan')

(Read Here: Duterte on Leni's Cabinet post: 'I have not considered anything for her')

(Read Here: Bongbong Marcos: 'He (Duterte) is aware of the cheating')

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