FORMER senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesdsay decried the “obvious bias” of Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the magistrate in charge of his election protest pending before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), against him and in favor of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
Speaking at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay at Café Adriatico in Malate, Manila, Marcos said the series of decisions issued by the PET on his vice-presidential election protest clearly demonstrated the bias of Caguioa against him.
“It has now become fairly obvious that his resolutions are biased against me and biased in favor my oppositor,” he told journalists at the weekly forum.
Caguioa was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino 3rd. They were classmates from elementary to college at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Marcos noted that as early as April 2017, the PET gave him only two working days to pay his initial P36 million protest fee, during Holy Week of last year when all the banks were closed.
Despite this, he managed to comply with the required fee because under the PET Rules, his protest would be dismissed if he failed to pay on time.
Robredo did not to pay on the deadline set by the PET but Caguioa gave her an extension.