Bongbong Marcos asks the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET to change its chair during a press conference. However, that is just one of the possible options for Marcos to end the alleged “unfair and unjust” election protest proceedings against Vice President Leni Robredo. One thing is clear though, Robredo’s delaying tactics failed as Marcos snubs the 2019 Senate elections. He pursues the case with utmost confidence after gathering substantial evidence over the course of time.
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Just an Option for Election Protest Fairness
“That’s one option. I don’t know if that’s what we would be doing. But we should definitely do something so it would be fair and to put finality into this,” Marcos said. Right after its broadcast, social media posts fill timelines with the call to support Marcos’ suggestion for the change of Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa’s PET chairmanship.
Caguioa’s Unfair Judgement
Marcos describes Justice Caguioa’s and the tribunal’s previous decisions as “unfair and unjust.” The Associate Justice is just one of the members of the SC members that sits as the electoral tribunal. However, as the leader of the tribunal, he has a great deal of influence as former President Noynoy Aquino’s a classmate at the Ateneo De Manila University. Aquino first appointed him as his Chief Presidential Legal Counsel.
Robredo’s Delaying Tactic Failed
Marcos accuses Robredo of cheating after she won the VP race with a slim margin of over 230,000 votes. She repeatedly denies them. Her camp obviously imposes delaying tactics on the protest to perhaps discourage Marcos and hopefully make him resort to running as Senator in 2019. It must be a big dismay for Robredo’s team that Marcos slams the idea. In fact, the namesake of the great leader Ferdinand Marcos becomes fiercer as the February 2018 recount nears. He is definitely not taking the case sitting down.