Justice Caguioa’s dissent: Robredo got 15,000 additional votes during recount
The Presidential Electoral Tribunal on Friday night released a copy of Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa’s dissenting opinion in the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.
In his seven-page dissenting opinion, Caguioa disclosed Robredo
garnered 14,436,325 votes, increasing her lead from 263,473 to 278,555, during the recount and revision of ballots in Marcos” three pilot provinces.
This means Robredo got an increase of more than 15,000 votes during the recount.
“The Protest lives or dies by the results of the determination under Rule
65 of the PET Rules. Protestant is bound by his choice of pilot provinces. The
Tribunal cannot accommodate protestant at the expense of violating its own rules.”
“Protestant therefore has only himself to blame as the results of the
revision and appreciation of millions of ballots in his three (3) pilot provinces
only lead to one conclusion: the dismissal of his Protest.”
“WHEREFORE, in accordance with Rule 65 of the PET Rules, I vote
that the instant Election Protest be DISMISSED without further proceedings
for lack of merit,” Caguioa dissenting opinion read in part.#