Journal Online - PET kept us in the dark on Laguna outing probe, Marcos camp complains

13 July 2018

By Journal Online

THE camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday lamented how they were kept in the dark on the supposed ongoing investigation by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal into the Laguna outing involving tribunal staff and a revisor of Vice President Leni Robredo.

“We are completely surprised and quite shocked with the pronouncement of the PET than an investigation on the highly improper Pansol outing had already been conducted and concluded,” Marcos spokesman Atty. Vic Rodriguez said in a statement.

Rodriguez issued the statement shortly after PET denied Marcos’ request to investigate the Pansol, Laguna outing.

In a resolution, PET bared that it had already investigated the matter.

“[We] deny the motion to investigate as the Tribunal has already commenced and concluded its investigation relative to the subject ‘Pansol outing’,” the PET said.

But Rodriguez questioned the manner how the supposed investigation was “surreptitiously” carried out, saying the Marcos camp was not informed of the PET probe into the Laguna incident.

“Former Senator Marcos as the Protestant has all the right to know and be duly notified by [Associate] Justice [Alfredo Benjamin] Caguioa (the justice in-charge of the case) as to when the investigation commenced, who conducted it, what was the findings and penalty meted out and for violating what,” he added.

Rodriguez said that the fact that they had filed the manifestation clearly showed that they do not know anything about “the illegal Pansol outing, the purported surreptitious investigation, the highly secretive penalty imposed.”

He added that the counter-manifestation filed by the camp of Robredo where the investigation was mentioned showed that she knew about the probe conducted by PET as well as the penalties imposed.

“This clearly demonstrates that she has unbridled access to all sensitive and confidential information ordinarily available only to an insider,” Rodriguez said.

“Mrs. Robredo’s inside information confirms our earlier submission that she has already infiltrated some revisors of the PET at the expense not only of Sen. Marcos’ election protest but the entire Filipino people who are tirelessly waiting to know the truth on who really won the vice presidential elections,” he added.