Think positive! Bongbong’s camp sees SC deferment of ruling as victory: Poll protest still alive!
The camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), which asked the parties to comment on the results of the recount of three pilot provinces.
The PET acted and granted the motion of Vice President Leni Robredo who sought that the parties be given copies of the results of the recount of the ballots of the 2016 vice presidential polls in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, the spokesman of Marcos, explained the PET continued the proceedings of the electoral protest despite the push being made by Robredo and SC Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa to have the electoral protest dismissed.
“We welcome the pronouncement made by the Tribunal today which junked the move of Mrs. Robredo and Justice Caguioa to have the election protest be dismissed outright solely on the basis of our first cause of action even without commencing the proceedings on our second cause of action,” he said in a statement.
“The directive to file our memoranda in relation to our second cause of action is likewise a positive development because finally, for the first time after three years we shall now deal with the issues on the annulment of the election results in the province of Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao,” he added.
Caguioa, who was appointed to the SC by former President Benigno Aquino III, has been accused byvthe Marcos camp of favoring Robredo.
The pilot provinces was picked by Marcos himself as he contested his loss to Robredo in the 2016 vice presidential polls.
The results of the recount in the three pilot provinces will determine the next course of action of the PET, whether to dismiss the electoral protest or proceed with the nationwide recount.