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PET Clarifies Next Steps for Bongbong Marcos’ Electoral Protest


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Tribunal explains that it dismisses Bongbong Marcos’ First Cause of Action to speed up his electoral protest. It avers that even if Marcos proves the first cause of action, it would not mean he won the elections. The winner could only be determined by a manual recount of ballots in all precincts. “Thus, the First Cause of Action may be dispensed with for judicial economy and prompt disposition of this case,” the PET stated.

Youtube video by; KCMP News
[VIDEO]: Unstoppable loyalists were in front of the Supreme Court in support of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protests. This is against Leni Robredo’ suspicious triumph in the last concluded national election. The vigil rally was attended by loyalists from all over the country who claim for the immediate recount.

Retrieval of Ballot Boxes

The Tribunal already orders that the retrieval of ballot boxes and other election documents, revision of ballots and reception of evidence can already begin. The priorities are the provinces that Marcos identified namely; Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental,” the Tribunal said.

Decryption and Printing of Ballots

The Supreme Court also grants the motion of Marcos to decrypt and print the ballot images from the SD cards of the three pilot areas. This is to help the Tribunal in the prompt disposition of the protest. It can also assist Marcos in the preparation of the recount proceedings and the presentation of his evidence. “The Tribunal resolves to partially grant protestant’s Motion for Decryption and Printing of ballot images.”

Second Cause of Action

To expedite the case, the Tribunal also limits Marcos’ election protest to just two causes of actions. Those are his second and third causes of action. Marcos has three causes of action. The First Cause of Action calls for nullification of the results of the vice presidential race because of a “flawed Automated Election System (AES). The Second Cause of Action is for the revision and recount of all voters’ receipts, elections returns and other pertinent documents, records and equipment in 27 provinces and highly urbanized cities used in the May 2016 elections.

Third Cause of Action

In the third cause of action, Marcos seeks to annul the election results in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan. This is on the ground of the more “traditional” modes of cheating like vote buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections. Lawyer Victor Rodriguez, the spokesman of Marcos, said that they prefer for the Tribunal to look into the anomalies in the implementation of the AES under the first cause of action. However, they respect and abide by the Tribunal’s decision in the interest of expediency. “We respect the Tribunal’s decision and we will abide by it.

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