Feb 17, 2021 @ 15:13
Game over for Bongbong Marcos electoral protest
For election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, it’s game over for former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.’s electoral protest.
This as the camp of the defeated vice presidential candidate is still insisting that their electoral protest is still on in as much as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal only dismissed the second cause of action.
“With due respect, para sa akin game over na ito kasi unanimous yan eh. It’s very very hard to overturn 15 member en banc na moving unanimously to dismiss the case, ” Macalintal said over CNN Philippines.
Also, Macalintal welcomed the release of the updated media briefer of the Supreme Court Public Information Office, clarifying that PET dismissed the entire electoral protest of Marcos, son of former Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
“I think automatic sa PET to make that particular clarificatory statement because of some statements from the Marcos camp that the decision is not a dismissal of the entire protest but only of the revision or recount processes and they are insisting that yun daw cause for action nila for annulment of the results in some provinces in Mindanao are not included therein. ”
” And we are happy that the said clarification was issued by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal,” Macalintal said.
In his electoral protest, Marcos’ third cause of action 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.
“The results in the appreciation of the ballots in the pilot precincts are not mathematically insurmountable as to render the third cause of action moot and academic,” he said.
He asked that the 477,985 votes Robredo garnered in the three Mindanao provinces be immediately voided. Marcos got 169,160 votes in these areas.
Voiding the votes in these provinces would wipe out Robredo’s lead of 263,473 votes during the last vice presidential election.
At the same time, Macalintal also said that right off the bat, PET will dismiss for lack of merit the electoral protest of Marcos.
“If you will review my previous statements from the very moment the electoral protest was filed, I have been assailing na walang papatunguhan yang protestang yan kasi wala pa nga election protest na nanalo in an automated election,” Macalintal said.