Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to dismiss the election protest that former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. filed against her.
“After more than four years, it is time for protestant Marcos to be gracious and accept his defeat,” read the latest pleading filed by Robredo dated Nov. 23.
“It is time to put the issue to rest and confirm the victory of protestee Robredo during the 09 May 2016 National and Local Elections,” she declared.
Robredo filed the the pleading as a reply to the latest comments filed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) that was sought by the PET.
In her reply, the vice president asked the PET to finally affirm the revision of ballots in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental and Iloilo, all of which Marcos himself selected.
Once the PET affirms the results, Robredo told the tribunal that it should dismiss the election protest.
“After the recount, revision and re-appreciation of the ballots from the three pilot provinces, the Honorable Tribunal found that the lead of protestee Robredo even increased from 263,473 to 278,566 or by Fifteen Thousand Ninety Three,” she cited.
With this, the vice president the tribunal its own rules which state that: “If upon examination of such ballots and proof, and after making reasonable allowances, the Ttribunal is convinced that, taking all circumstances into account, the protestant or counter-protestant will most probably fail to make out his case, the protest may forthwith be dismissed, without further consideration of the other provinces mentioned in the protest.”
“The above-captioned Election Protest should be dismissed for failure of protestant Marcos to make out his case,” she stressed.