Feb 21, 2021 @ 11:38

Bongbong can appeal PET ruling, CJ Peralta says

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. can still appeal the unanimous ruling of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal dismissing his electoral protest against opposition leader, Vice President Leni Robredo.

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta has revealed this, saying the son of the former Philippine strongman can file a motion for reconsideration.

He, however, refused to comment when asked if his candidacy in the 2022 elections affect his appeal.

Last Thursday, PET unanimously dismissed Marcos’ poll protest against Robredo.

SC Public Information Office chief Brian Keith Hosaka confirmed the dismissal of the controversial electoral protest case during a hastily-called online press briefing via Zoom.

“Out of the 15 members of the Tribunal who were present in today’s meeting, 7 members fully concurred in the dismissal while 8 concurred in the resullt,” Hosaka said.

Hosaka, however, failed to give details of the resolution, saying the actual resolution will be soon uploaded to the SC website.

” I was not given a copy of the resolution. Let’s just wait for the copy once uploaded,” Hosaka said when asked by reporters to provide details on the PET ruling.

Robredo won the vice presidential race in the May 2016 polls with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes.

But in his protest, Marcos contested the results in a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.

He named three provinces where he can supposedly prove that irregularities marred the conduct of the 2016 national and local elections.

These provinces were Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

But after the recount, the PET found that Robredo’s lead over Marcos even widened by some 15,000 votes.

Marcos asked PET to review and reconsider the results of the ballot recount in his three pilot provinces.

According to the former lawmaker, some 174 signatures of the Board of Election Inspectors in Iloilo had “glaringly different” signatures which became manifestly obvious when compared to other election documents.

Marcos added that his camp’s objection over the authenticity of votes in the pilot provinces have been unreasonably overruled in the recount.

For her part, Robredo stressed PET should dismiss the protest outright inasmuch as the tribunal’s October 2019 ruling will show that there was an increase in her lead after the recount in the three pilot provinces.

“Notwithstanding the clear result of the revision, recount and re-appreciation from the pilot provinces, the Election Protest will still proceed to the Third Cause of Action, DIRECT protestant Marcos to present evidence to justify resort to a technical examination of the Election Day Computerized Voter’s List vis-à-vis the Voter’s Registration Records,” Robredo’s memorandum read in part.

But Marcos didn’t easily admitted defeat as he cited his third cause of action, which was the annulment of election results for vice president in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao.

Likewise, Marcos asked PET to get handwriting experts to validate voter signatures in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan which he claimed were highly questionable and dubious.

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