Ex-cj sees new election if PET annuls votes in 3 Mindanao provinces

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Former chief justice Artemio Panganiban on Thursday said voters in three Mindanao provinces – Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan – should cast their votes again in case the Presidential Electoral Tribunal nullify their votes.

Panganiban issued the statement as the PET recently ordered Vice President Leni Robredo to comment on Marcos’ 3rd 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.

It also 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.

“There should be a new election because the electorate in those three provinces must be heard. They must elect. Not because they are disenfranchised, therefore, somebody wins. Nobody wins,” he said.

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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