The Manila Times - Marcos prods SC: Act on poll protest

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18 February 2020

By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to immediately resolve his election protest, along with all pending incidents to his case.

Marcos on Monday pushed his case against Vice President Leonor Robredo, whose camp he accused of committing electoral fraud during the May 2016 vice presidential race.

In his Manifestation with Motion for Early Resolution of All Pending Incidents, he asked the high court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to hear his case soon.

Associate Justice Mario Victor Leonen had been designated as the ponente of the case.

In his pleading, Marcos argued that after the PET ordered both parties to file their respective memoranda until Dec. 19, 2019, the tribunal had not taken action on the case.

“As shown above, 47 days have passed since the filing of their respective memoranda. The pending incidents were also submitted for resolution of this honorable tribunal within that same period. Nonetheless, the pending incidents remain unacted upon by this honorable tribunal,” he said.

Marcos asked the PET to resolve his case before the poll protest becomes moot, “given that the next vice presidential elections is just around the corner.”

The tribunal replaced Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa as ponente after the court rejected the latter’s recommendation to dismiss the poll protest outright.

Marcos had assailed the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts. He lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes.