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The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on Tuesday (Nov. 17) turned down the motions of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Solicitor General Jose Calida which sought to inhibit Justice Marvic Leonen from handling the election protest of the former lawmaker.

The SC Public Information Office (SCPIO) said members of the PET unanimously reached a decision to “deny the Motions to Inhibit separately filed by Protestant Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos and the Solicitor General.”

The SCPIO said the PET also ordered Calida and Manila Times reporter Jomar Canlas “to show cause why they should not be cited in contempt.

Marcos and Calida separately filed last Nov. 9 motions seeking to inhibit Leonen whom they accused of having shown bias against the former lawmaker and has already prejudged the election protest.

Both motions cited the reports published by Canlas who wrote that Leonen has been convincing members of the PET to dismiss the election protest.

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