The Supreme Court (SC) en banc, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), will act on the election protest of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo today.
Marcos had filed a two-page Manifestation, dated July 1, 2016, under PET Case No. 005 before its scheduled deliberations on Tuesday.
“[P]rotestant Marcos would like to replace the photocopies of his attachments contained in Set Nos. 2 and 19, Box No. 8, with a more legible copy thereof. Protestant Marcos shall submit the above-mentioned documents together with this Manifestation,” the Manifestation reads after it was filed by the law office of election lawyer George Erwin Garcia.
The PET has postponed for one week the election protest of Marcos since the ponente of the case is not yet ready to make any recommendation.
SC Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa had asked that the case be called again for him to have enough preparation.
The PET will sit with SC members headed by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the 14 associate justices of the High Court
According to several SC justices who talked with The Manila Times on condition of anonymity, the case filed by Marcos cannot be dismissed outright and probably will have a recommendation asking Vice President Leni Robredo to comment on the case.
Robredo won against Marcos in the May 9 elections by about 260,000 votes.
Marcos lodged his 1,000-page petition against Robredo who was accused of conspiracy in what the Marcos camp called the biggest election fraud in Philippine history.
The senator pointed out that accuracy of poll results and reported irregularities should be probed and shall be done through the immediate conduct of judicial revision/recount of the ballots and the examination, system audit and verification of the voter’s receipts, election returns and related election documents.
He said he filed to election protest to unveil the allegedly massive electoral fraud and it is his obligation to do so to the million of voters who voted for him.
To show his proof of Robredo and the Liberal Party’s electoral fraud, Marcos has attached to his petition about 20,000 pages of Affidavits, Certificates of Canvass and other supporting documents that will give a crystal clear manifestation of manipulation done by the Liberal Party and the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections.
Smartmatic was the technology provider to the May polls.