Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to continue proceedings in his electoral protest now that there are results in the recount of ballots in the three pilot provinces.
“Public interest demands that this electoral protest controversy be resolved with dispatch to determine once and for all the genuine choice of the electorate for the contested position,” read the extremely urgent motion of Marcos who filed the electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
In his motion, Marcos reminded the PET that last February “this Honorable Tribunal completed the revision proceedings for the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.”
The results of the recount in the three pilot provinces will determine if the PET should proceed with a nationwide recount of the 2016 vice presidential race.
“Unfortunately, despite the lapse of more than five months since the termination of the revision proceedings for the pilot provinces in this election protest, the designated Hearing Commissioners of the Honorable Tribunal have yet to set the preliminary conference and the submission of the affidavits of witnesses,” Marcos lamented.
“In view thereof, protestant Marcos is now compelled to humbly request this Honorable Tribunal to set the above-entitled case for preliminary conference in accordance with Rule 56 of the 2010 PET Rules so that the dates for the reception of evidence and the submission of affidavits of the witnesses may finally be fixed,” he explained.