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By James Hernandez

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin has assured that the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has been expediting the proceedings for the resolution of the electoral protest of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Slow in the public’s perception but yung speed namin kung tutuusin mo ay mabilis,” Bersamin told reporters on Wednesday (Sept. 4).

“If you would know the effort that we have expended in the revision process,” he pointed out.

Just this August, Marcos asked the PET fast-track proceedings in his electoral protest now that there are results in the recount of ballots in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

“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.

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 which Marcos claims he should have won.

Bersamin assured that it has been on the minds of the PET members “to do away with this case, to resolve this case in the earliest possible time.”

“But we have to understand also the needs of this case. We have to be very careful what to decide here,” he stressed.

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