PET Declares Leni's Petition 'Game Over'

18 July 2019

The Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) junked the request of Leni Robredo “to resolve all pending incidents in the election protest” filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. The PET said Robredo’s claim of victory is premature and called her premise as “fundamentally flawed” further rebuking her claim that the Court will admit all her evidence notwithstanding that the figures on which they were based are purely speculative.

It will be recalled that on June 11, 2019, Robredo filed a Motion with the Supreme Court stating that “the revision, recount and reappreciation of ballots from the [3] pilot provinces [Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental & Iloilo] was scheduled and terminated on 4 March 2019.” Robredo further claimed that after the vote recount, her lead in the Vice Presidential race even increased by more than 15,000 votes.  In her own words, “Without preempting the resolution of the Honorable Tribunal, the result of the revision, recount and re-appreciation of the ballots clearly confirm the victory of protestee Robredo.”

Robredo’s pronouncement that she has won the election protest sowed confusion among the voting public. According to the high Tribunal, “[Robredo] presented her own computation of the total national votes x x x after “after revision, recount, and re-appreciation,” claiming that her victory as Vice President has been confirmed. In effect, what [Robredo] seeks is the immediate resolution of the instant protest. [Robredo’s] Motion is likewise premature,”

The high Court went on to say that, “the Tribunal has yet to complete the 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. 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. 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’s final tally of votes after recount and appreciation has yet to be completed and released.”

We are very pleased with this development,” said Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of Marcos. 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.Politics is perception. All these delaying tactics, spread of false information and fake news by Mrs. Robredo and her cabal only proves how desperate they are. Everyone knows who the real VP is,” said Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson of Marcos. “We are confident that in the end, it will be former Senator Marcos who will be proclaimed.”