Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) spared him from incurring more expenses in his election protest.
The PET has issued a resolution which told the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to shoulder the storage fees and other incidental fees incurred by the poll body for keeping the ballot boxes and other election materials in several Philippine foreign posts.
Earlier, the Comelec told the PET it should be Marcos who has to shoulder these costs and not the poll body due to his poll protest.
“This is certainly a very positive development for Senator Marcos,” said Marcos spokesman, lawyer Victor Rodriguez, about the decision of the PET.
“As you can see, our opponents are making things more difficult for us by trying to delay the case and making us pay left and right without any basis,” he lamented.
“We are glad that the PET denied these unfounded and unnecessary moves so our case can finally move forward,” he added.
In its ruling, the PET said the Precautionary Protective Order (PPO) it issued to the Comelec did not prohibit the poll body to transfer the ballots to the Comelec main office in Manila.
The PET said the Comelec could have just easily asked permission to have the ballots to the poll body’s main office.
“There is nothing in the PPO that prohibited the physical transfer of the election materials and paraphernalia; the Comelec was merely required to preserve and safeguard their integrity. Thus, the Comelec’s proffered reason that its faithful compliance to the PPO has no basis,” the PET stated.