The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal PET junks Bongbong Marcos’ first cause of action for the electoral protest. “If Protestant succeeds to prove his first cause of action, it won’t mean that he won the position of Vice President. This can only be determined by a manual recount of all votes in all precincts,” the decision stated.
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The Supreme Court’s Reason
The SC decision was dated August 29. Leni Robredo lawyers Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo only released a copy recently. The SC feels that it’s not relevant to pursue Marcos’ first course of action anymore. It said; “If this is a relief Protestant has clearly stated he is not praying for, then, to allow the first cause of action to continue is irrelevant. It would be an exercise in futility and would have no practical effect.”
Since Marcos questioned the credibility of the whole elections, the PET includes the Commission on Elections as a party to the case. It also rules that ballot boxes will only be retrieved in the 3 provinces Marcos identified. It is where initial recounting of votes will be held to determine if his protest has merit. These are Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. This has been very clear from the start as far as the Marcos Camp is concerned.
The PET also deferred action on Marcos’ request to conduct a technical and forensic examination of all ballots from the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur. These are the provinces where he wants votes nullified due to alleged election fraud.
Don’t Celebrate Yet
Macalintal announces; “We are very, very happy with the results of this resolution of the PET because, from this resolution of the tribunal, it only shows that indeed, the protest of Marcos has no basis. It is only based on some speculations and conclusions,” said Macalintal. ‘We look forward to an early dismissal of the case of Marcos,” Macalintal said. Nonetheless, it is a trend in the SC ruling that initially they don’t favor Marcos but in the end, he will emerge victoriously. Remember the case of the late Ferdinand Marcos’ Hero’s burial?