The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Tuesday postponed hearing for one week an election protest of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
The election protest of Marcos had been included in the agenda of the Supreme Court (SC) en banc sitting as PET on Tuesday.
According to SC sources, SC Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa asked that the case be called again when they are better prepared to tackle it.
The case had been raffled off to Caguioa.
It was learned that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and two associate justices were on leave.
On sabbatical leave was Justice Jose Catral Mendoza, who is set to retire next year.
Caguioa and former president Benigno Aquino 3rd were classmates from elementary school to college at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Before his appointment to the SC on January 22, 2016, Caguioa had been a law practitioner and became Aquino’s Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and then Justice secretary.
Robredo won against Marcos by more than 200,000 votes.
Marcos, son of the late strongman president Ferdinand Marcos, lodged his 1,000-page petition against Robredo, who was accused of conspiracy in allegedly the biggest election fraud in Philippine history.
He said accuracy of the poll results and reported irregularities should be probed 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.