The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has turned down the petition of former Senator “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to declare the certificates of canvass (COCs) in the 2016 polls as null and void.
In its 34-page resolution dated August 29, the PET ruled to “dismiss protestant’s First Cause of Action.”
Among the three causes of action in his electoral protest, Marcos asked the tribunal in his first cause of action to void the proclamation of Vice President Leni Robredo since “the Certificates of Canvass (COCs) generated by the Consolidation and Canvass System (CCS) are not authentic, and may not be used as basis to determine the number of votes that the candidates for Vice President received.”
However, the PET pointed out “even if protestant succeeds in proving his First Cause of Action, this will not mean that he has already won the position of Vice President as this can only be determined by a manual recount of all votes in all precincts.”
“And if this is a relief protestant has clearly stated he is not praying for, then allowing the First Cause of Action to continue would be an exercise in futility and would have no practical effect,” it said.
“To be sure, the Tribunal cannot allow this exercise to even begin especially if it were to consider the amount of resources and time it will demand from the Tribunal,” the tribunal added.
“Thus, the First Cause of Action may be dispensed with for judicial economy and for the prompt disposition of this case,” the PET stated.