THE Supreme Court docket, sitting because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has dismissed the electoral protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in opposition to Vice President Leni Robredo in reference to the vice presidential race final 2016.
At a information briefing, SC spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka mentioned the PET’s choice was unanimous however couldn’t present additional particulars because the official copy of the choice has but to be launched by the Court docket.
Marcos’s camp assertion
Marcos’S lawyer Victor Rodriguez issued an announcement following the discharge of the PET’s choice, saying that“based mostly on the official pronouncement made by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal right now [Tuesday], the court docket unanimously voted to dismiss our second explanation for motion which is the guide recount and judicial revision.”
“Nevertheless, as to the difficulty on how one can proceed with our third explanation for motion which is the annulment of votes in Mindanao, the Tribunal has but to resolve on the matter.”
Hosaka added: “Out of the 15 members of the Tribunal who have been current in right now’s [Tuesday] assembly, I used to be knowledgeable that seven totally concurred within the dismissal, whereas eight concurred within the end result.” He mentioned the SC will add in its website online a replica of the resolutions detailing the explanations for the dismissal as soon as these can be found.
The PET’s choice got here simply few months after Affiliate Justice Marvic Leonen, the justice assigned to the case, junked the petition for inhibition filed by Marcos camp who accused him of being biased and deliberately delaying the decision of the case in order that it might find yourself moot and tutorial, contemplating that the submitting for candidacies within the 2022 nationwide elections is already close to.
Leonen was additionally a topic of an impeachment criticism filed earlier than the Home of Representatives for the delay within the decision of instances assigned to him.
Marcos’s camp has denied any involvement within the submitting of the impeachment criticism.
The Comelec declared Robredo because the winner within the vice presidential race within the 2016 election after she obtained 14,418,817 votes, which is 263,473 votes greater than the 14,155,344 votes obtained by Marcos.
Marcos filed an election protest on June 29, 2016, claiming that the camp of Robredo cheated within the automated polls.
In his election protest, Marcos cited three causes of motion—first, that Automated Elections System (AES) was compromised, therefore, the integrity of the AES can’t be relied upon to declare a authentic winner; the second requires the revision or guide recount of the particular ballots to find out the votes forged in all of the 36,465 protested clustered precincts whereas the third explanation for motion sought the annulment of election outcomes for the VP place within the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan, on the bottom of terrorism, intimidation and harassment of voters, in addition to pre-shading of ballots in all the 2,756 protested clustered precincts in these areas.
The PET has dismissed Marcos’s first explanation for motion for being “meaningless and pointless.”
However, Hosaka mentioned the PET determined to launch the committee report on the revision and recount of ballots on the three pilot provinces—Iloilo, Negros Oriental and Camarines Sur—involving 5,415 precincts.
Affiliate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguiao, who was then assigned to deal with the election protest, submitted the report back to PET final September 9, 2019.
Marcos’s camp sought Leonen’s inhibition from the case additionally based mostly on his earlier pronouncements in a lot of landmark instances.
Marcos cited Justice Leonen’s harsh remarks in dissenting opinion within the SC choice permitting his father, the late strongman and former President Ferdinand Marcos’s burial on the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
He added that previous to his appointment to the SC, Justice Leonen served as head of the federal government panel throughout the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Entrance (MILF) underneath the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.