Electoral Tribunal defers action on Marcos poll protest

October 01, 2019

SUPREME Court Public Information Office chief Brian Keith Hosaka yesterday confirmed that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal deferred action on former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. 

“I would just like to inform you that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal has deferred action on the report of Justice (Alfredo Benjamin) Caguioa. Thank you,” he said in a message.

The result of the examination of ballots in three pilot provinces is contained in the report of Caguioa, the justice in-charge of the case.

Caguioa last September 9 submitted his report to the PET on the results of the revision of ballots.

Earlier, a well-placed source who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak disclosed that PET deferred action on Marcos’ protest, and reset voting to October 8.

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.

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

The PET is expected to decide whether the pilot recount, involving ballots from the three provinces, was enough to affirm Robredo’s victory, or if results showed basis to proceed to reviewing ballots from additional provinces – meaning substantial discrepancy was uncovered in the first batch of provinces.