The battle to determine the winner of the 2016 vice presidential race is seen to continue as majority of Supreme Court justices is expected to rule in favor of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the poll protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Quoting “unimpeachable sources,” the Manila Times reported Tuesday (October 8) that nine to 11 out of 14 Supreme Court justices will junk the draft ruling written by Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa dismissing Marcos’ poll protest.
The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) will tackle the poll protest in today’s en banc session.
According to the Manila Times’ sources, Caguioa’s draft ruling will be dismissed for lack of merit.
Only 14 justices will decide on the poll protest because Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza retired in September.
A favorable ruling for Marcos would mean the PET will accept evidence for the annulment of election results in Sulu, Basilan and Lanao del Sur, the Manila Times wrote.
The process will be separate from the revision or recount of ballots conducted by PET.
Marcos lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes. He filed the poll protest on the back of allegations of “massive electoral fraud.”