Senator Francis Pangilinan indicated on Tuesday that former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos would move away from defeat in the 2016 vice-presidential race.
Pangilinan, Chairman of the Liberal Party, added that the Supreme Court sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) must reject Marcos ‘ election complaint against Vice-President Leni Robredo.
The senator pointed out that it was Marcos who preferred the three pilot provinces — Negros Oriental, Iloilo, and Camarines Sur — where a manual recount found that Robredo’s advantage over Marcos had improved by some 15,000 votes.
The PET has yet to issue a protest resolution as it asked the parties to comment on the report and to apply their respective memoranda on “various issues relating to jurisdiction and other matters relating to the third cause of action” within 20 days of receipt of the notification.
Marcos ‘ third cause of action is the annulment of the election results for vice-presidents in Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao on the grounds of suspected terrorism, abuse, coercion, threats, intimidation, pre-shadow and substitution of votes.
Marcos is contesting Robredo’s win in the 2016 elections, which he said were the result of electoral fraud.
He selected the three pilot provinces under Rule 65 of the 2010 PET Rules, which requires a protestant or counter-protestant to suggest to the provinces that “best exemplify the frauds or anomalies” claimed in the petition and subject them to the inspection of the ballots.
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