Oct 16, 2019 @ 14:57

Ex-CJ Panganiban: PET was prudent in Marcos protest ruling

Former chief justice Artemio Panganiban on Wednesday disclosed that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal took the side of prudence in coming up with a ruling on the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Interviewed over GMA7’s Balitanghali, Panganiban stressed PET may have taken a ‘safe route’ to avoid being accused of violating either one of the parties’ right to due process when it released the resolution.

“In my opinion, prudent yung ganong way. In fact, nasa column ko yan sa Philippine Daily Inquirer, na bago mag-desisyon, pakinggan muna yung partido,” Panganiban said.

“Yes, para walang kwestyon ng due process,” he added.

Last Tuesday, PET ordered the release to the camps of Robredo and Marcos the report on the revision and appreciation of ballots in the three pilot provinces, and for them to comment on it.

Likewise, the PET required parties to submit a memoranda on the various issues relating to the jurisdiction and other matters relating to the third cause of action.

The third cause of action is the annulment of election results for vice president in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao within 20 days from receipt.

Last Monday, Robredo reiterated its previous plea for PET to apply Rule 65 in resolving the electoral protest Marcos.

Under Rule 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, 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.

The pilot provinces were Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, all of which were chosen by Marcos.

The filing of the manifestation was prompted by reports that PET opted to “abandon” Rule 65 as it voted to proceed with the recount of Marcos’ votes in non-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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