The Presidential Electoral Tribunal or Supreme Court three-man panel of commissioners headed by Justice Jose Vitug with Angelito Imperio and Irene Ragodon-Guevarra as members are all set to tackle the initial briefs of the preliminary conference from Bongbong Marcos and Leni Robredo.
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Marcos’ 3 Areas of Concern
Marcos submits three provinces to show fraud or irregularities in his protest brief. They are Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Rodriguez explained that Robredo got over 1.49 million votes in the three provinces, while Marcos got only 200,000 votes. This can show how Robredo drastically reduced Marcos’ lead and eventually surpassed him with only 263,473 votes, Marcos’ lawyer said.
Make or Break it
Camarines Sur is a challenging choice because Robredo comes from Bicol but Rodriguez is confident that if the initial three provinces would show the irregularities mentioned, Marcos’ protest moves forward. If not, it can face ultimate dismissal.
Vitug is the dean and founder of the Angeles University Foundation. He is already retired from the Supreme Court in 2004. He served as chairman of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and a senior member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) since his retirement.
Imperio and Guevarra
Imperio was a senior partner of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, the country’s biggest law firm. He is already retired from that designation in 2004. a His achievements include serving as a mediator of civil cases pending in the Court of Appeals. Guevarra, meanwhile, was a witness for the defense during the impeachment trial of the late chief justice Renato Corona. He has served in the SET as well.