Liberal Party senators criticise Bongbong Marcos for questioning the credibility of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. They refer to the misleading headlines saying that he accuses PET of being unfair in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. In actuality, he solely questions Associate Justice Alfred Benjamin Caguioa‘s specific resolutions. Marcos has been consistent that he won the VP race even right after the election and now that the recount is fast-approaching in February 2018.
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LP Senators Listen to Misleading Media
LP president Senator Francis Pangilinan thinks that it is not good to question PET. Especially for unfavorable decision for Marcos. LP vice president Senator Franklin Drilon also said that he must learn to accept the PET’s ruling. Senator Bam Aquino added that it is unfair for Marcos to cast doubt on the PET’s integrity. Supreme Court justices compose it.
Unfair Rulings on Election Protest
Bongbong Marcos discloses that Associate Justice Alfred Benjamin Caguioa issues “unfair” rulings on his ongoing electoral case against Robredo. Marcos said that Caguioa releases “disappointing” resolutions to her benefit. The case of Marcos was raffled to Caguioa. The justice was the last appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III. The Supreme Court sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.
Marcos laments that his camp has to produce 8,000 witnesses within five days. The action seeks to nullify the election results in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan. He claims that the voters were subjected to terrorism, intimidation, and harassment. The PET reiterates in that Marcos needs to comply with its earlier order to submit all the names of the witnesses after only giving a partial list. Marcos complied with 7,356 more names on October 9 after losing sleep. This resolution is set aside so far.
Non or Delayed Payment
Marcos also points out that the tribunal directs him to produce a P36-million protest fee in just two days during Holy Week. Robredo’s counter-protest against Marcos is not yet fully paid until at present. Marcos paid the first P36 million on April 17, 2017, Easter Monday. On top of that, the recent ruling to allow Robredo to avail of the decrypted ballot copies without paying a cent is hard to ignore. To dismiss the technical examination of the voters’ signatures in questionable areas also made it impossible to have the basis to nullify illegal votes.