Bongbong Marcos has moved a step closer towards his bid to nullify the victory of Leni Robredo in the May 2016 Vice Presidential race. This might be a long process but the SC recently acts on many motions that include the start of the Preliminary Conference. This is already a good sign of progress.
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Preliminary Conference Finally Off the Ground
The Supreme Court, that acts as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has approved the request of Bongbong Marcos to get his electoral protest against Robredo off the ground by the date of the preliminary conference. Theodore Te, the high court’s spokesperson, said that the magistrates granted Marcos’ motion during their full-court session in Baguio City recently. Just at the last of their annual summer sessions. The initial hearing will be at 2 p.m. on June 21.
PET issued the ruling “without prejudice” to all the petitions filed by both parties. It also awaits resolution from the 15-member tribunal. The Supreme Court tries to be just to both parties – to be able to settle disputes through lawful means the best way they can within their power.
Joint Preliminary Conference
“Rule 3 of the 2010 PET Rules mandates that the rules are to be liberally construed to achieve a just, expeditious and inexpensive determination and disposition of every contest before the tribunal. Therefore, the PET has deemed it proper to conduct the preliminary conference of both protests jointly,” Te explained in a statement.
Robredo and Marcos are expected to submit documents to show the “possibility of obtaining stipulations or admissions of facts and documents to avoid unnecessary proof,” said Te. The magistrates also directed them to limit the number of their witnesses and to raise comprehensible issues. Robredo’s victory margin over Marcos is only 200,000 votes. This prompts him to challenge the voting results in 132,446 polling precincts. PET required him to pay P66.2 million in cash deposit for the recount in these clusters.