Iwas pusoy! Bersamin admits wanting to delay ruling on VP poll protest
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin revealed he no longer wanted to participate in the poll protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Because of this, Bersamin admitted he wanted the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to delay ruling on the results of the recount on the three pilot provinces until he retires this Friday (Oct. 18).
“I wanted to delay the vote because I did not like to take part in it,” Bersamin revealed to reporters.
“Because I did not like the public like the media speculating that I cooked or orchestrated the result,” he explained.
On the other hand, Bersamin assured that the outcome of the poll protest of Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo can’t be “cooked.”
“Hindi pwedeng magluto dito sa Supreme Court dahil andaming involved,” he said.
Last October 15, the PET finally took action and ordered the parties to comment on the results of the recount in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
The PET also required the parties “to submit a memoranda on the various issues relating to the jurisdiction and other matters relating to third cause of action, which is the annulment of election results for Vice President in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao.”
The tribunal made the move after having deferred twice on taking action on the results of the recount of the pilot provinces which was concluded last September 9.