Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s camp has asserted that a recent resolution of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) over his election protest, was in its favor, despite Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo’s lead in the recount and revision of votes.
Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s legal counsel, earlier reiterated his call to dismiss the election protest based on PET’s Rule 65, which allows the electoral tribunal to dismiss the election protest if there had been no substantial recovery.
Macalintal argued that based on the data culled from the PET’s resolution on October 15, Robredo had gained 17,520 votes from the three pilot provinces — Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental — which were chosen by Marcos for supposedly best exemplifying fraud or irregularities.
Marcos, meanwhile, recovered 2,427 votes.
Macalintal also earlier said the figures “prove that Robredo won in the recount of votes and gained substantial recovery” from the three pilot provinces.
“While the rules mandates that a protestant, like Marcos, should make ‘substantial recovery’ from his pilot provinces, the above facts and figures show Marcos’ dismal and miserable failure to make any ‘substantial recovery.’ On the contrary, it was Robredo who made an overwhelming substantial recovery, which justifies the opinions of PET members, Justices Antonio Carpio and Alfredo Caguioa, to dismiss the election protest of Marcos,” he noted in a statement on Sunday.
Vic Rodriguez, the spokesman for Marcos and one of the latter’s legal counsels in the election protest, argued the figures cited by Caguioa and Carpio in their dissenting opinions came from the revision report penned by Caguioa.
Majority of the justices set aside the Caguioa proposal to dismiss the election protest and instead decided to release to the camps of Marcos and Robredo the report on the revision and appreciation of ballots in the three pilot provinces and required them to submit their comments.
“That is precisely why the majority of the tribunal, by a very decisive 11-2 vote, emphatically junked that Caguioa minority opinion favoring [Robredo], finding the figures presented before them to be outrageous and ordered the election protest to proceed with the parties to file their comment and memoranda,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
“It only confirmed our suspicion that Mrs. Robredo’s premature celebration and claim of another fake victory in the tribunal was a product of advance information she’s been receiving all along through a highly placed deep throat,” he added.
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