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Fast-Track Bongbong Marcos’ Election Protest Not for Winner’s Benefit but for Public Interest


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos again urges the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to fast-track the election protest proceeding by taking action on a resolution of his petition that challenges the victory of Leni Robredo in the Vice Presidency.

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[VIDEO]: Marcos, hiniling sa PET na magtalaga ng 3 officer para sa pagdinig sa kanyang election protest

Designation of Three Officers

Marcos specifically sought the designation of three hearing officers for the election protest. This is to help the 15-member tribunal ensure “that an orderly, simplified and expeditious disposition” of the process is undertaken. Marcos only lost for around 260,000 votes to Robredo in the May 2016.

Unfair Delay

Marcos states that it is neither fair nor just to keep in office for an uncertain period to withhold a  person’s right to clear out suspicion. He said this in a seven-page urgent motion dated May 12. George Erwin Garcia, Marcos’ lawyer, also said that it is important for the PET to take up Marcos’ allegations “not only for the benefit of the winner but for the sake of public interest.

Public Interest

“Public interest demands that this electoral controversy is resolved with urgency to determine once and for all the genuine choice of the voters for the contested position,” Garcia pointed out. The former senator also said that his poll protest “involves not only the adjudication of the private interests of rival candidates but also the enormous need of knowing the truth on the real choice of the electorate.

Not Easy for Robredo

Robredo already paid the P8 million initial deposit for the P15.5 million counter-protest fee. The tribunal granted Marcos’ petition to set the preliminary conference on June 21 after both camps settled the first installment. She has difficulty in raising the money for her legal obligations, she said but vowed to block Marcos’ win. In her SALN, she declares that she’s P2 million poorer and her debts are rising. The general public can’t believe that she receives no help from her party as the highest spender during the elections. However, it is not going to be easy for her. Marcos will surely exhaust his enormous resources to let the truth come out while the Liberal Party is under scrutiny on past crimes.

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