No decision yet on Marcos poll protest

October 15, 2019

Report on 3 contested provinces released.

THE Presidential Electoral Tribunal yesterday ordered the release to parties — Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. — the report on the revision and appreciation of ballots in the three pilot provinces, and and the two to comment on it.

Likewise, the PET required parties to submit 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 within 20 days from receipt.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio  Carpio and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa dissented.

The results of the recount in the three initial provinces are contained in a report prepared by Caguioa.

“Yes [it’s status quo], because there is no resolution yet on cause of action 2 and 3,” said Supreme Court Public Information chief Brian Keith Hosaka.

Last Monday, Robredo reiterated her previous plea for PET to apply Rule 65 in resolving the electoral protest of Marcos.

Under Rule 65 of the 2010 Rules of the PET, the tribunal would decide whether or not to proceed with Marcos, protest based on the results of the initial recount of votes in the three pilot provinces.

The pilot provinces were Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, all of which were chosen by Marcos.

The filing of the manifestation was prompted by reports that PET opted to “abandon” Rule 65 as it voted to proceed with the recount of Marcos’ votes in non-pilot provinces.

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.