Ruling on Marcos poll protest looms

October 14, 2019
Marcos supporters gather outside Supreme Court.

SUPPORTERS of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. yesterday held a prayer rally in front of the Supreme Court as the decision on the electoral protest lodged against Vice President Leni Robredo is expected to be released today.

In response, the Manila Police District closed Padre Faura Street in Manila as the former lawmaker’s supporters swelled.

They have been asking the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to resolve the electoral protest in Marcos’ favor.

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.

If the recount showed there was a substantial recovery of votes, the recount will proceed to the remaining 22 provinces and five highly-urbanized cities in the protest.

If there is no substantial recovery of votes, PET will dismiss the electoral protest and uphold Robredo’s win in the last vice presidential elections.

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.