Macalintal: Win or lose in PET, Robredo will remain VP
Whatever the decision of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Leni Robredo will remain the country’s vice president.
Thus revealed veteran lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lead counsel in the PET case, in a statement sent to reporters on Sunday.
According to Macalintal, PET’s decision after the recount of ballots in Marcos’ three pilot provinces will only resolve whether the election protest of Marcos will continue or not.
“I just want to make it very clear that whatever will be the decision or resolution of the PET in the election protest of Bongbong Marcos against VP Leni Robredo, as reported in various media and the subject of various speculations, VP Robredo will remain as Vice President.”
“This is so because the only issue that will be the subject of said decision, which was reported to be issued on October 8, will only resolve whether or not the election protest of Marcos will continue after the PET has recounted the ballots from the three pilot provinces (Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental) that he chose,” Macalintal said.
He pointed out that should Marcos made a substantial recovery in the pilot provinces, then PET will rule that the protest shall continue, insofar as the ballots or election returns questioned by Marcos from 22 remaining provinces and five highly urbanized cities.
“In which case, Robredo remains as Vice President pending recount of ballots or returns from said 22 provinces and 5 HUCs,” Macalintal bared.
He continued that if PET rules that Marcos was unable to gain any substantial recovery from the recount of ballots from his three pilot provinces, then his protest will be dismissed and Robredo’s victory will be affirmed.
“Thus, whatever will be the forthcoming resolution or decision of the PET, VP Leni remains as Vice President,” Macalintal 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.
The Marcos’ pilot provinces are Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental, and Iloilo.