Panganiban: PET can’t declare failure of elections

Former chief justice Artemio Panganiban on Thursday disclosed that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) cannot declare a failure of election.

What the tribunal can only do, according to Panganiban, is to resolve a quo warranto, and order a recount in electoral protest.

Panganiban disclosed the office to declare a failure of election resides exclusively in the Commission on Election.

Recently, PET came up with a resolution in the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo, ordering the two camps to submit a memoranda on the various issues relating to the jurisdiction and other matters relating to the third cause of action.

The third cause of action is the annulment of election results for vice president in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao.

It also ordered the release to the camps of Robredo and Marcos the report on the revision and appreciation of ballots in the three pilot provinces, and for them to comment on it.

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.

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