Feb 16, 2021 @ 16:42
Ganern?! Marcos camp clarifies PET rejects his 2nd cause of action, not the 3rd
The camp of former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s resolution on Tuesday only “dismissed his second cause of action, not his third cause of action.”
“Based on the official pronouncement made by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal today, the court unanimously voted to dismiss our second cause of action which is the manual recount and judicial revision.”
“However, as to the issue on how to proceed with our third cause of action which is the annulment of votes in Mindanao, the Tribunal has yet to decide on the matter,” Atty. Vic Rodriguez said in a statement.
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.
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.
Earlier, the Supreme Court sitting as PET unanimously dismissed the electoral protest filed by Marcos.
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. #