PET forms 3-man panel to hear Marcos, Robredo poll protests

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2017 05:36 PM

MANILA- The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has ordered the constitution of a panel of three hearing commissioners under its control and supervision "to aid the tribunal in the just and expeditious disposition" of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos' poll protest and Vice President Leni Robredo's counter-protest.

The resolution, dated June 6 and released to the media Friday, appointed as commissioners retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug, chairperson; and lawyers Angelito Imperio and Irene Ragodon-Guevarra, members.

"The commissioners shall decide unanimously to every extent possible, provided that in the event of failure to reach a unanimous decision, the majority decision shall prevail," the resolution read.

The chairperson will receive P15,000 per day of hearing and/or service while the members will receive P10,000 per day of hearing and/or service.

Marcos is questioning Robredo's victory in the May 2016 national polls, alleging election fraud. He lost to the former Camarines Sur representative by 200,000 votes.

Robredo, in response, also lodged a counter-protest against Marcos on allegations of irregularities in some precincts in parts of the country.