The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) stated that it “considered essential to fulfilling the due process requirement,” which explains the postponement of the decision on the electoral protest lodged against Vice President Leni Robredo by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. “However, this Tribunal will fulfill its constitutionally mandated duty to allow the parties to examine it.
The resolution showed that after the manual recount in the three pilot provinces Marcos chose in his protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, Robredo’s lead Marcos increased by about 15,000 votes.
The PET said that before making a decision on the effects of the revision results on the three pilot provinces, the parties will be required to present their position.
The alleged third cause of action by Marcos is the annulment of the 2016 election results for vice president in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao due to alleged terrorism, intimidation, coercion, harassment, bullying, pre-shading of ballots, and substitution of votes.
The Justices said the delay in the decision had “spawned very serious yet baseless and reckless speculations on the part of many political analysts who, on the basis of incomplete information, would rather hold on to their favorite conspiracy theories rather than objectively examine the facts and the law involved in this case.”
PET said, however, that it would fulfill its mandate to enable the parties concerned to thoroughly review the results and comment before making a decision.
Therefore, on the basis of the parties ‘ submissions, the Tribunal will decide with trust and judgment on the appropriate course of action as explained by the parties ‘ actual position on the common issues found.
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