MANILA - Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to junk Vice President Leni Robredo's motion for reconsideration on the tribunal's ruling finding Marcos' electoral protest vs Robredo "sufficient in form and substance."
Marcos asked the tribunal to direct the immediate "collection, retrieval, transport and delivery" of all the ballot boxes and other election materials related to the poll protest.
He also asked the tribunal to proceed with the conduct of preliminary conference on his poll protest.
"Contrary to the assertions of protestee Robredo, a review of the election protest filed in this case would easily reveal that the same contains a detailed narration or specification of the important and substantial facts, which consists of the acts and omissions complained of by the protestant showing the electoral frauds, anomalies and irregularities in the protested precincts,” a portion of Marcos’ opposition to Robredo’s petition reads.
“The electoral frauds, anomalies and irregularities, which were rampant in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan during the last elections, include terrorism, force, violence, threats and intimidation in the protested clustered precincts thereat.”
In an 8-page resolution dated January 24, 2017, the tribunal junked Robredo's bid for the dismissal of Marcos' election protest, insisting on its jurisdiction over the case.
Robredo argued that Marcos, son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, should have elevated his case before Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, as a pre-proclamation protest.
The PET, however, ruled that by virtue of Section 4, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, in relation to Rule 13 of the 2010 PET Rules, "the Tribunal shall be the sole judge of all contests relating to the election, returns, and qualifications of the President or Vice-President of the Philippines.
Robredo, the highest elected official of the Liberal Party, got more than 14.4 million votes, narrowly beating Marcos, son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who got more than 14.1 million votes. – with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News