Manila Standard - PET junks Leni’s ‘game over’ plea

17 July 2019

By Rey E. Requejo | Manila Standard

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has dismissed the urgent motion of Vice President Leni Robredo for the immediate resolution of the pending election protest filed against her by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr due to prematurity.

In a resolution dated July 2, 2019, a copy of which received by the Marcos camp, the PET junked Robredo’s motion because the revision and recount of the votes has not yet been completed.

The tribunal stressed that “he proceedings following Rule 65 of the 2010 PET Rules, which entail judicial recount, revision and appreciation of the votes cast in the protestant’s pilot provinces has yet to be completed and released.”

“The figures submitted by protestee are merely speculative. In arriving at the figures, protestee presumes that all her claims will be admitted by the Tribunal,” the PET resolution stated.

“This premise is fundamentally flawed as the Tribunal is still in the process of appreciation of the revised ballot and ruling on the respective objections and claims made by the parties thereon,” the tribunal said, adding “its final tally of votes after recount and appreciation has yet to be completed and released.”

The Marcos camp welcomed the PET ruling.

“We are very pleased with this development. The PET has finally put an end to Robredo’s fallacious claim of victory despite the fact that the entire process had not yet concluded. She should stop misleading the public with her impetuous pronouncements. We are confident that in the end, it will be former senator Marcos who will be proclaimed,” said Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of Marcos.