By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday was asked by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to set his case for immediate hearing and present his evidence on alleged election fraud committed by the camp of Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo in the May 2016 elections.
In an extremely urgent motion to set this election protest for preliminary conference dated Aug. 9, 2019, Marcos pleaded before the high court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to allow him to receive evidence and proof that election fraud was indeed committed.
He filed the motion in view of the termination and completion of revision proceedings in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
“With the termination of the revision proceedings in the pilot provinces, the corresponding revision reports relative thereto were likewise submitted before this honorable tribunal,” he said.
“Consequently, the reception of evidence should now proceed in accordance with the relevant provisions of AM 10-4-29-SC, otherwise known as the ‘2010 PET Rules.’”
Recently, the electoral tribunal ruled to junk an urgent motion filed by Robredo on June 11 to “immediately resolve” all pending cases filed by Marcos regarding his electoral protest in connection with the alleged irregularities during the May 2016 race for vice president. He claimed that her lead widened by more than 15,000 votes after the revision of ballots.
Under Marcos’ protest, the first recount covers the three pilot provinces — Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental — covering a total of 5,418 clustered precincts.
The tribunal shall now rule whether to proceed with the recount on a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities identified in the protest.
Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, an appointee of then-President Benigno Aquino 3rd, is the ponente of the case who shall recommend to the Supreme Court the actions to be taken regarding Marcos’ protest and Robredo’s counter-protest.
In his protest, Marcos assailed election results in 39,221 clustered precincts.
The former senator, who lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes, has accused her of “massive electoral fraud.