MANILA- The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo said the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's (PET) decision on former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s election protest is only a "procedural matter."
Atty. Romulo Macalintal said the PET’s resolution only means that the PET will proceed with the case and does not in anyway reflect the validity or merits of any allegation of fraud in the vice- presidential elections.
“This means that Mr. Marcos is just being given ‘the opportunity to prove his case.’ The case would still go through the usual tedious and lengthy process of revision and recount of the ballots,” Macalintal said in a statement Thursday.
PET denied Robredo's petition to dismiss Marcos’ protest in a January 24 resolution. The tribunal rejected Robredo's arguments that it had no jurisdiction over the case and that Marcos' complaint lacked form and substance.
While the sufficiency of the protest was affirmed, the tribunal said "nothing has yet been been proved."
"The protest is only sufficient for the tribunal to proceed and give the protestant (Marcos) the opportunity to prove his case in accordance to 2010 PET rules," the body said.
Macalintal added that it should be emphasized that the purpose of assailing the substance of Marcos' protest is to verify its compliance with the strict requirements of the rules as applied by the Supreme Court in various election protests.
Robredo’s camp is also working on expediting an early resolution of the case in order to avoid further speculations on its status, Macalintal said.