Feb 16, 2021 @ 18:48

Updated media briefer from SC PIO: PET dismisses entire Marcos poll protest

The Supreme Court sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal has dismissed the entire electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“With regard to PET Case No. 005 (Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., protestant vs Maria Leonor “Leni Daang Matuwid” G. Robredo, protestee), the 15 members of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal unanimously dismissed the entire electoral protest as follows:

“WHEREFORE, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal DISMISSES the Election Protest filed by protestant Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. for lack of merit. The Counter-Protest filed by protestee Maria Leonor “Leni Daang Matuwid” G. Robredo is likewise DISMISSED.”, the updated media briefier of the SC Public Information Office read.

Ealier, the camp of Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said PET’s resolution only “dismissed his second cause of action, not his third cause of action.”

“Based on the official pronouncement made by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal today, the court unanimously voted to dismiss our second cause of action which is the manual recount and judicial revision.”

“However, as to the issue on how to proceed with our third cause of action which is the annulment of votes in Mindanao, the Tribunal has yet to decide on the matter,” Atty. Vic Rodriguez said in a statement.

In his electoral protest, Marcos’ third cause of action was the annulment of election results for vice president in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao.

Likewise, Marcos asked PET to get handwriting experts to validate voter signatures in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan which he claimed were highly questionable and dubious.

“The results in the appreciation of the ballots in the pilot precincts are not mathematically insurmountable as to render the third cause of action moot and academic,” he said.

He asked that the 477,985 votes Robredo garnered in the three Mindanao provinces be immediately voided. Marcos got 169,160 votes in these areas.

Voiding the votes in these provinces would wipe out Robredo’s lead of 263,473 votes during the last vice presidential election. #

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