The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo refuted the claims of former senator Ferdiand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. that the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has decided to proceed with his electoral protest.
“Contrary to his claim, the PET resolution did not resolve ‘to proceed with Marcos protest’,” said lawyer Romulo Macalintal, the legal counsel of Robredo.
Macalintal is referring to the PET’s October 15 resolution which directed the parties to comment on the results of the recount of the three pilot provinces Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
The same order also directed 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.”
SC Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa has already submitted to the PET a report regarding the results of the recount.
“The PET has yet to study its merits after the parties have submitted their respective memoranda on various issues,” Macalintal said.
“The PET did not also ‘junk the Caguioa report’ as it was the basis of the PET in holding in abeyance further proceedings in Marcos protest until the parties have submitted said memoranda,” he added as continue to refute the claims made by Marcos.
Meanwhile, Macalintal continue to insist that the PET should dismiss the Marcos poll protest.
“We reiterate that, based on the facts and figures contained in the PET resolution, Marcos did not make any substantial recovery after the revision of ballots from the three (3) pilot provinces which he personally chose. On the contrary, it was Robredo who made overwhelming and substantial recovery which justifies the dismissal of Marcos election protest for its apparent and exposed lack of merit,” he said.