By: Elena Grace Flores It is clear that under the PET rules, the tribunal conducts a revision of ballots in the 3 pilot provinces. Then use the results to decide if there is a basis to proceed with the rest of Bongbong Marcos’ recount petitions. Marcos could not press the Supreme Court (SC) that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to start investigating cheating allegations in Mindanao votes if there are no substantial evidence of fraud. Given that the process of the electoral protest takes time, might as well put the next step in line for immediate continuity.
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Official Protest Motion
Marcos’ lawyer George Garcia on March 26 files an urgent motion calling on the PET to resolve their initial motion. This is the one put in place in December to subpoena election documents that detail incidents of fake votings. Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao are the areas in question. Marcos won’t be too confident to puss on the motion if there’s not substantial evidence of the massive fraud. It turns out that in a local protest, many voters’ signatures do not match that of the ones in the ballots.
Robredo’s Camp Opposes the Motion
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo already opposes this. Shey says that it was a circumvention of the tribunal rules as the current process’ limit are the 3 pilot provinces only. They are; Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Atty. Garcia thinks otherwise, He said that there’s nothing wrong with it because the motion’s filing was in December last year. This is not a new petition but merely making a follow-up on an old move.
Circumstances greatly favor Marcos. The Commission on Elections itself through its Election Records and Statistics Department (COMELEC-ERSD) conducts an investigation into the votes of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan. This was for the protest of FORMER Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan against the incumbent governor. It found that some things are questionable. The names, signatures, and numbers of voters just did not match the official tally. Therefore, it concludes that the votes on record are not legitimate.
Truth versus Propaganda
Whatever the yellow media may say, most people can already feel the enormous advantage of Marcos because of the many incidental reports of fraudulent activities during the 2016 elections. Due to the gag order to both parties, only the SC can finally announce the real standing of the protest. There are just too much evidence for the PET to handle.
The Supreme Court’s Careful Resolution
The possible twist in the 2016 VP election can shake the country in a major way. This would signify the return of a Marcos to power. While the loyalists will be grateful, the anti-administration stalwarts can only fuss about it. It is very important for the SC to support all their actions with the legalities of the land. That would ensure democracy to stay despite possible future outrage by the people who may not get the results they want.