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Baguio Candle Vigil Worked: Preliminary Conference for Marcos’ Protest is Set for June 21


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Believe it or not. Just when the news breaks out that Leni Robredo was given five days to pay the required deposit for her counter protest and that the omnibus motion of Bongbong Marcos to dismiss it is deferred, the Supreme Court hereby sets the preliminary conference for Marcos’ electoral protest on 21 June 2017 at 2 PM. Perhaps the Baguio vigil by Marcos’ supporters worked.

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has assured the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), that it will pay the P8 million fee for her counter protest against former senator Bongbong Marcos.

Marcos’ Motion is Granted

The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has finally granted the motion of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to set the preliminary conference in motion to let the recount happen on his protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Preliminary Conference Schedule

The SC Public Information Office said that the first preliminary conference is scheduled on June 21, Wednesday, at 2 PM. This is when the issues are shortlisted with the matching completion dates. This is needed to start the process of verifying evidence and conduct the recount of votes as prayed for by Bongbong Marcos.

SC Acted on Various Incidents

“The Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in its session of 25 April 2017, acted on various incidents in ET Case No. 005 (Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos v. Maria Leonor “Leni Daang Matuwid” G. Robredo). The PET granted protestant’s motion for the setting of the preliminary conference and has SET this case for the preliminary conference on 21 June 2017 at 2:00 in the afternoon, WITHOUT PREJUDICE to the Tribunal’s resolution of all remaining pending incidents,” the statement announced.

The Vigil Worked for SC to Finally Move

The high court also said that the preliminary conference would also cover Robredo’s counter-protest and not only limited to Marcos’ protest. This is actually what Marcos supporters asked for that whatever the SC may decide for as long as they move forward with the protest, it is good enough for them. The candle vigil seemed to work after all.

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