CJ assures fair handling of Marcos poll case

October 10, 2019
Lucas Bersamin

CHIEF Justice Lucas Bersamin yesterday assured the public that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) will be “fair and square” in handling the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

After two deferments, PET is expected to come up with a ruling on Marcos’ electoral protest on Tuesday.

“We are expected to have a result by next week, It may not be what you expect. Kasi we are still discussing on many other things. So that’s all I can tell you. Don’t worry that...hindi ko niluluto, hindi pwedeng lutuin yan eh,” Bersamin said in a chance interview.

Robredo won the vice presidential race in the May 2016 polls with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes. 

But in his protest, Marcos contested the results in a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.

He named three provinces where he can supposedly prove that irregularities marred the conduct of the 2016 national and local elections.

The Marcos’ pilot provinces are Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental, and Iloilo.

Just the other day Supreme Court Public Information Chief  Brian Keith Hosaka  called on the camps of Robredo and Marcos to observe the sub judice rule pending the full deliberation, and ruling, by the PET.

Hosaka issued the statement when he was asked to comment on Atty. Romulo Macalintal’s statement last Tuesday that the vice president gained 15,000 votes in the recount of ballots from the three pilot provinces.

He also said that SC justices may be setting a bad precedent if they would allow the recount of votes outside of Marcos’ three pilot provinces.

“Gusto ko po ulit ipaalala sa mga parties at sa kanilang mga abugado na galangin po sana nila ang utos ng korte na wag mag kumento o magsalita sa media tungkol sa kaso ayon sa sub judice rule,” Hosaka said in a statement.

At the same time, Hosaka reiterated that “the PET did not take any action on the Vice Presidential Election Protest Case during the tribunal’s session last Tuesday,” stressing that the second highest public seat in the country is at stake.

“Uulitin ko po yung nasabi ko kahapon, na itong kaso po sa PET ay maingat pang pinag-aaralan ng ating mga Justices. Ang pinag uusapan po dito sa kasong ito ay ang pangalawang pinakamataas na pinuno ng ating bansa, at kung sino ang tunay at totoong pinili ng taong bayan na bise president na ayon sa batas. Kaya po siguro dapat lamang ay pagaralan nang mabuti at maingat ng ating mga Justices ang bawat issue at ebidensiya ng kaso,” Hosaka said.