By: Elena Grace Flores
Just shortly after the PET’s denial of the presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo’s plea to resolve Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest, Marcos urges the tribunal to set a preliminary conference for the submission of evidence. This comes following the death of Pastor Boy Saycon who was an integral part of the presentation of witnesses at the Senate.
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Robredo’s Premature Conclusion on the Electoral Protest
PET, in its notice of resolution said: “What protestee seeks is the immediate resolution of the instant protest.” The Tribunal has yet to complete the proceedings following Rule 65 of the 2010 PET Rules. This entails judicial recount, revision, and appreciation of the votes cast in protestant’s pilot provinces.”
Macalintal, in the motion, also claims that after the ballot recount, Robredo’s winning margin in the three pilot provinces jump to 278,215. This is 15,742 votes more than the 2016 election returns. Macalintal tabulation shows Marcos receiving 14,159,535 votes after the recount. This number is 4,191 higher that the election returns. Nontheless, in July, the PET denied Robredo’s claim of victory. It calls the figures she cited “speculative” and her premise “fundamentally flawed.” Robredo had claimed her lead grew by as much as 15,000. This is allegedly based on the results of the recently-concluded revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots from the 3 pilot provinces.
Marcos’ Call to Satisfy Public Interest
“Protestant Marcos is now compelled to humbly request this Honorable Tribunal to set the above-entitled case for preliminary conference in accordance with Rule 56 of the 2010 PET Rules. That the dates for the reception of evidence and the submission of the affidavits of the witnesses may finally be fixed,” he said in the motion filed through lawyer George Erwin Garcia. “Public interest demands that this electoral controversy be resolved with dispatch to determine once and for all the genuine choice of the electorate for the contested position,” he added.
The PET also deferred action on Marcos’ move to conduct technical examination on ballots outside the 3 pilot provinces he initially chose. The PET said its rules allow the tribunal to conduct revision of ballots and reception of evidence on the designated pilot provinces first, and on such basis, dismiss the protest if it finds that the protestant will most probably fail to make out a case.