Just due process: Leonen says deferment of ruling in VP poll protest doesn’t mean favoring Leni or Bongbong

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The decision of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to defer once again the release of a ruling on the vice presidential poll protest doesn’t mean it is favoring either Vice President Leni Robredo or former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said.

Speaking at the National Congress of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) Saturday (October 19) as the keynote speaker, Leonen said PET simply wants to observe due process before deciding on the case.

“You undermine the court system that you yourself want to avail of when you caricaturize its process simply because it did not act a certain way,” he said.

“Just because you are for due process of law does not mean that you are for one party,” Leonen added.

Voting 11-2, the PET ruled to release the report on the initial recount of votes in the poll protest, which covered the provinces of Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental and Iloilo.

Only Associate Justices Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Antonio Carpio favored the outright dismissal of the poll protest due to Marcos’ failure to recover a substantial number of votes during the recount.

PET ordered the camps of Robredo and Marcos to comment on the report within 20 days.

In addition, both parties must also submit a comment on Marcos’ third cause of action in the poll protest, which involves the annulment of votes for vice president the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao.

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