PET defers action anew on Bongbong election protest vs Robredo

October 08, 2019
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Leni Robredo
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Leni Robredo

THE Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) yesterday deferred anew its deliberation on the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“The PET did not take any action on the vice presidential election protest case during the tribunal’s session today. The said case remains pending and is still being deliberated by members of the tribunal,” Supreme Court Public Information Office chief Brian Keith Hosaka said in a message to reporters.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak said the high court reset the deliberations to October 15.

Atty. Vic Rodriguez, counsel and spokesperson of Marcos, refused to give a comment on the case’s deferment.

“Like everyone else, we also patiently waited for the PET decision that was moved again to the 15th. Until then we have no statement to make in deference to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal and the honorable justices,” Rodriguez said in a message.

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 2016 national and local elections.

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