‘Wag atat! Marcos can’t claim victory yet after dismissal of petition to resolve protest – Robredo camp
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos cannot claim victory yet after the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) dismissed Vice President Leni Robredo’s petition to immediately resolve the electoral protest against her, the legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo said on Thursday (July 18, 2019).
Attorney Beng Sardillo, Robredo’s legal counsel, stressed that Marcos should not rejoice yet over this recent move by the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) as it has yet to confirm the results of the recount from the three pilot provinces— Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental—Marcos identified in his protest.
“Marcos cannot claim victory as the PET only put its decision on hold to validate and confirm the results of the recount from the three pilot provinces,” Sardillo said.
“In addition, the PET also puts on hold the request of the Marcoses for annulment, which is in accordance with its rules,” she said.
Sardillo was referring to the PET’s decision—cited in the same resolution dated July 2—to defer action on Marcos’ petition to subject ballots from Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindao for a technical examination.
PET called Marcos’ motion “premature” as the proceedings in the pilot provinces are still ongoing.
Marcos earlier alleged that a massive substitute voting took place in the three Mindanao provinces during the 2016 national elections, citing the electoral protest of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) gubernatorial candidate Abdusakur Tan against then ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman.
Sardillo reiterated that Robredo’s legal team remains confident that the Vice President’s victory will eventually be confirmed.
“In the end, we are confident that Vice President Robredo will be vindicated and her victory confirmed,” she said.