Carpio, Caguioa: No substantial recovery of votes in Marcos’ 3 pilot provinces

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Supreme Court Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa sought the dismissal of the election protest of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. because there was no substantial recovery of votes in his three pilot provinces.

This was revealed by a well-placed source who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak.

A press statement issued by the SC Public information Office earlier showed that Carpio and Caguioa dissented from the majority justices who ruled to allow the release of the report on the initial recount in Marcos’ pilot provinces.

According to the source, Carpio and Caguioa wanted the application of Rule 65 under the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s rules.

Under Rule 65, the tribunal would decide whether or not to proceed with Marcos protest based on the results of the initial recount of votes in the three pilot provinces.

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.

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