By: Elena Grace Flores
The Filipino people anxiously waits for the Supreme Court’s decision on the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo. However, the truth is – the proceeding has not actually started yet. Therefore, Bongbong Marcos files an ex-parte motion to set a preliminary conference to urgently process electoral protest
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[VIDEO] The camp of former Senator Bongbong Marcos files an ex-parte motion to set for the preliminary conference the electoral protest he filed before the Supreme Court.
The issues of a case are simplified and the number of witnesses is set in a preliminary conference. The proceedings of the case are set in motion when the court issues a preliminary conference order. Once it is in motion, nothing can delay or stop it anymore.
Hearing Starts Once Preliminary Conference is Ordered by SC
Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson for legal matters, explains that once the SC, that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), orders a preliminary conference, the hearing on the election protest starts immediately.
Judicial Revision of the Ballots, Agenda in Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest
Rodriguez added that after both parties submit their preliminary conference briefs, the High Court sets a date for a judicial revision of the ballots. This is one of the points in Bongbong Marcos electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
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What about the Corrupted SD Cards?
On the data found in unused SD cards, Rodriguez assures that this is still to be resolved even when the preliminary conference starts. The questionable issues brought out from the judicial review like with the supposedly unused SD cards, the SC can always scrutinize the SD cards to produce an image of the ballot, Rodriguez added.