By: Elena Grace Flores
The former senator and son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos recently said that he is a candidate for a position in the 2022 national elections. The presumptive Vice President Leni Robredo immediately retaliates by saying that Bongbong Marcos must accept whatever the results will be in the electoral protest if he runs. This may include his possible defeat,she added. BBM can only reciprocate Robredo’s advise. In fact, it goes to both of them. The sitting VP should have known that a Supreme Court decision on the case is more likely. This can be detrimental to her fight.
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CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo
As a lawyer, Robredo should know that it is one’s decision to accept any verdict from a protest regardless of the result. She has no rights by all means to force Marcos to accept the outcome or not. She can only pray that the case can drag along longer for it to be moot during the election in May 2022.
Will the Supreme Court Favor Bongbong Marcos?
Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta dismisses public apprehensions that his appointment as the top magistrate could affect the poll protest in favor of former senator Marcos. His FEM burial vote is the only one that favors the Marcoses. However, experts say that the changes in the Supreme Court make it very difficult for Robredo. This is because, most magistrates are appointees of the President.
Appointees of the President in the Supreme Court
President Rodrigo Duterte appoints two new justices to the Supreme Court. Associate Justices Edgardo delos Santos and Mario Lopez. They took their oath in Malacañang last year. They replaced retired justices Antonio Carpio and Francis Jardeleza, respectively. Duterte has yet to appoint one more associate justice to complete the 15-member high court. It is now dominated by 11 Duterte appointees. This includes Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.
Peralta’s Leadership is Until 2022
Peralta is the third chief magistrate to be appointed by Duterte. This is after the historic ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno. The first two are Teresita Leonardo De Castro retires as head of the Supreme Court after a two-month stint. Then, Lucas Bersamin, steps down on October 18 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Peralta will lead the high court until March 2022.
Strategic Election Move
Marcos talks about the election strategy to not announce the specifics of his candidacy earlier. However, his running for a post alone is already significant in itself. If he’s lucky enough to emerge as the winner of the protest, he can have a lot of sympathies even from non-Marcos supporters for the Presidency. He can also opt to run as VP again should the decision is unfavorable to him. Perhaps, with a running mate strong enough to win and who is also willing to step down for him to become President.