Feb 17, 2021 @ 12:48
Panelo tells all Pinoys to abide by SC decision that junked Bongbong’s poll protest
President Rodrigo Duterte’s top legal aide said all Filipinos should uphold the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to reject the entire poll protest of loser vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos.
The SC sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal on Tuesday announced that all magistrates voted to junk Marcos’ claims of fraud and miscounted votes during the 2016 elections and maintained that Leni Robredo remains the rightful Vice President.
“The fact of unanimity of decision by the PET appears to validate VP Robredo’s win on the basis of law and of the evidence presented before it by both parties,” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said.
“Perforce, rule of law has prevailed… The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has spoken. It behooves everyone to abide by it. And so we must,” he added.
To him, this should already settle the issue. Panelo’s advice: there’s always 2022.
“We have to abide by the precepts of democracy. We can not be blinded by our personal biases for a particular candidate, That is how democracy works. The minority must submit and concede to the majority,” the abogado added. “There is always another election to vindicate one’s loss or validate forever one’s rejection by the voting population.”