Robredo’s election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, filed a motion for reconsideration at the Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Macalintal argued that Bongbong Marcos is uncertain about his own election protest. This is because of the alleged change on the 3 pilot provinces.
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Change on the Pilot Provinces
Marcos and Robredo are ordered to name at least 3 pilot provinces that could prove the sufficiency of their protests. Macalintal argued, “Marcos named the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental; despite Marcos’ motion to seek the technical and forensic examination of all ballots from the provinces of Basilan, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur.
Fishing or Strategizing?
These details are mentioned in Marcos’ preliminary conference brief submitted on June 16. Macalintal stresses that Marcos “is merely fishing for evidence and not sure of his election protest.” However, analysts conclude that this is the strategy of the Marcos Camp to prevent the opponent from sabotaging the evidence in these pilot provinces. It is noted earlier that Comelec requested the Supreme Court to allow them to retrieve the ballot boxes related to the initial 3 provinces due to alleged pending local protest.
No Reverse Ruling
Robredo’s camp now urges the PET to reconsider the earlier decision to declare Marcos’ case sufficient in form and substance. However, the SC already ruled and repeated many times that it cannot reverse its decision. The move only shows that Marcos’ strategy works and it caught Robredo’s Camp off guard.
Macalintal even accuses Marcos of “prolonging” his protest. He actually throws back the Marcos camp’s accusation against Robredo. Perhaps, they are working heavily on Basilan, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur that’s why the change hurt Robredo’s defense badly.